What Are Some Good Articles on Teaching Children Mathematics?


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Marilyn Burns' "To Teach Math, Study Reading Instruction" and Susan Engel's "Want Kids to Learn Math? Stop Teaching It" are interesting articles about teaching kids mathematics. Both authors propose their own solutions for the general difficulties of teaching kids mathematics, backing their claims with research.

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In "To Teach Math, Study Reading Instruction," Burns urges teachers to explain the meaning behind printed mathematical symbols the way that they do when teaching children how to read words. She also claims that students would benefit from having classroom discussions about the principles of mathematics.

In "Want Kids to Learn Math? Stop Teaching It," Engels argues that the education system should teach children arithmetic for 20 minutes a day until third grade, spending extra time on reading, abstract thinking and problem solving. She claims other areas of mathematics should only be taught after third grade.

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