I wanted to share a slide I made earlier this year for a lecture at Cal, which I am re-titling: "All the things that are going on inside your brain when you do math." This framework helps me to understand my students as math learners, to identify factors that may be making it difficult for them to learn math, and to develop ways to support their learning and development in math.
Last November, I gave a presentation to the parents at the Creative Play Center in Pleasant Hill, CA on how to support their children's early math development. In the talk, I drew from professional recommendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and my own experience and expertise as a math educator and former preschool teacher. Here are some of the key ideas we discussed.
When thinking about children's early mathematical development, parents and teachers should consider three areas of development: Conceptual Understanding, Mathematical Thinking, and Psychosocial Development. Here are are some descriptions about what each area looks like in early childhood:
This month I had the privilege of leading a presentation and discussion with the El Cerrito High School Mathematics Department on Creating Mathematics Learning Environments for Developing Mathematical Thinkers. I began the presentation by posing a question to the math teachers: What does it mean to learn math?
I asked the teachers to consider their own professional and personal thoughts and beliefs, as well as how they might have answered the question when they themselves were students. I also asked them to think about how their math students and their students' parents might answer the question. Take a look at what the teachers had to say:
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Blending her backgrounds in mathematics education and educational/school psychology, Adena offers an integrated perspective to understanding and supporting students who struggle with math.