This week we’re seeing lots of new research on how best kids can learn math. Don’t have a “numbers kid”? That may not make a difference. Do you yourself have math anxiety? That could make a big difference when it comes to your kid’s homework. Here’s the data (and a few action items, too).
Math-Phobic Parents: A new study reveals that parents’ own math anxiety can be passed down when they attempt to “help” with homework. Read this article and figure out when to step in and when to get way out of the way of your kids’ math homework.
Math Attitude: It turns out that inherent math aptitude isn’t nearly as important in determining long-term success as kids’ “math self-concept ability.” In other words, if kids think they’re a numbers person, they’re far more likely to turn out to be one. Math and science writer Garth Sundem talks about this, as well the importance of school placement. Kids who were put in gifted and talented programs rose toward the top, while kids who were placed in special education programs sunk toward the bottom (this is REGARDLESS of where they actually started). Read the full article here.
And now for some great news: Researchers at Stanford recently discovered the incredible power of one-on-one math tutoring. And, no, we are not talking 20 hours a week of private instruction. Instead, with as little as 2-3 sessions per week, kids’ math aptitude not only dramatically increased, but their math anxiety plummeted. Read the article here.