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What is Math Talk?

PBS SoCal – Stephanie Murray My preschooler and I were playing with sidewalk chalk. “What color would you like?” she asked. Looking at the choices, I noticed she grouped the chalk by size — small chipped pieces in one pile and larger in another. We rearranged the pieces into patterns and thought of other ways to group, count, and order the chalk. Our afternoon drawing rainbows on the sidewalk became a learning experience simply by noticing the math and talking about it together. Read More:...

Can using technology improve math and reading skills when school’s out?

News Center Maine – Staff Writer There are so many free and paid options out there for parents who want to keep their kids’ minds engaged during the summer. It was difficult to suggest just a few for this segment. So, I tried to focus on the ones that were games … that might trick kids into thinking they were having a good time while accidentally learning about language, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and creativity. Read More:...

How Many Languages Could a Child Speak?

The New York Times – Randall Moore Children learn languages from the people around them. If they are exposed to multiple languages, they may grow up bilingual or multilingual. These kinds of environments are not unusual; the consensus among linguists is that a majority of children in the world grow up hearing multiple languages. Read More:...

Munson: Don’t Let Reading Be a Stumbling Block in Math

The 74 Million – Lynne Munson Addressing dyslexia, which affects an estimated 1 in 5 students and impacts how they decode words and process information, is obviously critical for ensuring success at reading. What sometimes gets lost, however, is the degree to which dyslexia impacts other subjects, too. Read More:...

6 Quick Strategies to Build Vocabulary

Edutopia – Sarah Gonser When several of Megan Kelly’s sixth-grade social studies students kept stumbling over vocabulary words she assumed they already knew, she discovered a blind spot in her teaching practice. “Why should they know these words if I’m not being intentional about teaching them?” Kelly asks in an article for MiddleWeb. Aware that regular exposure to rich, varied vocabulary would bolster her students’ long-term academic success, she set out to find smart strategies “to incorporate vocabulary into small pockets of time in class.” Read More:...