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The Real Way to Get Kids Interested in Math

Jayne Miller wrote this on Jun 17, 2016

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Good stuff this week! (I say that every week. I really really mean it this week.)

The edtech content gods were kind, with two solid pieces on modern day math instruction.

On this Father's Day weekend, these math stories remind me of my dad, a man who still sits at my family's dining room table to do calculus problems to stay sharp. As a student, my dad always encouraged me to love math; he maintains that the problem-solving aspect has always been what's attracted him to his daily date with numbers. ("It's just like doing puzzles!" he says, as my mother and I ask him why he's spending his Sunday afternoon with an algebra book.)

Here's the thing: it would seem that treating math like one big old puzzle and sparking curiosity in students is the way to go. MindShift has a great read below about a curiosity-based approach to math instruction, as well as a piece from Edsurge on making math personal.

If numbers aren't your thing, there's also a good HuffPo read from Mr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson on STEM teaching, plus news on Apple's approach to teaching kids to code. Lots to read. Better get movin'.

How High-Interest Examples of Math Prime Student Curiosity | MindShift

6 Steps to Make Math Personal—Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen | EdSurge

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Reveals How Schools Can Improve Their Science Teaching | The Huffington Post

The Maker Movement: If Hamilton Were Around, He'd Be a Fan | The Atlantic

Apple launches Swift Playgrounds for iPad to teach kids to code | TechCrunch

Virtual charter schools need “bold action” for change, says national charter school advocacy group | The Hechinger Report

College courses without textbooks? These schools are giving it a shot. | Washington Post

For Teenagers, the Pleasure of ‘Likes’ | New York Times Well Blog

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