Fingers help all students learn math
SEEING AS UNDERSTANDING: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning. is a new monograph by Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education with Lang Chen, Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Lab Cathy Williams & Montserrat Cordero, youcubed. Stanford University.
From page 11:
“The classroom and parental implications of the emerging science of the brain that shows that mathematical thinking centrally involves visual pathways – and finger representations –are important to consider. Here are 3 recommendations for educators and parents:
- Encourage and celebrate students’ visual approaches and replace the idea that strong mathematics learners are those who memorize and calculate well.
- Focus on finger discrimination and encourage finger use.
- Importantly, mathematics teaching and learning needs to become more visual – there is not a single idea or concept that cannot be illustrated or thought about visually.”
Read their April Atlantic Monthly article
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