Wow! Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong! For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. And there is zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
The fears that the United States’ long term economic growth is endangered by its lack of highly educated populace is a well founded fear that Obama is sounding off. Yes, we stink at math. Of course, this is not the fault of our teachers, this is because of our education system that doesn’t pay or support teachers enough. Take Finland, for example. Top students who graduate from college are offered FREE master’s programs in education. The salaries for teachers in Finland rival that of their doctors and it’s profession that commands respect. Teachers are also given support in the form of additional training and education opportunities provided free by their government. Teachers are also revered in Asian counties like Japan, Korea, and China who also rank high.
My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Sticks and Steps method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual.
My Dad Friend from The Sherpa Report introduced me to a Dad Friend of his in our town who has a math online tutoring company called TenMarks. I met with both founders a few weeks later and they were kind enough to give me a detailed demo plus provide me with codes to try it out.
Picture books can be a visual and fun way to introduce math concepts. I think it makes math less intimidating when it’s part of a story. For those kids who love math, it’s another way to eat it up!