The Rhythm of Math + Transforming Math to Inspire Success

rhythm of math

rhythm of mathKeith Terry, co-author of Rhythm of Math.
A kinesthetic approach to teaching mathematics.
Issues: Using clapping, stepping, and vocalizing to explore patterns and internalize rhythms; how students can learn essential math concepts—addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, and fractions—by using their hands, feet, and voice in a way that engages them mentally and physically.

Jo Boaler, author of What’s Math Got to Do with It?
How teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success.
Issues: Why the US is falling behind other industrialized countries in math; new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential; why the math people need is not the same math that’s learned in most classrooms.

Verbal Discipline: That Whole Sticks-and-Stones Thing is Wrong

screaming at teens

Dear Mr. Dad: How bad is verbal discipline for kids? My next-door neighbors have a couple of teens and they are constantly yelling at them. Every single day. Not just a little—I’m talking top-of-your-lungs kind of stuff. Besides being really unpleasant to listen to, I’m worried about how that might affect the kids. I see them almost every day and I haven’t noticed any bruises or anything else that might indicate that they’re being hit. Still, should I say something to the parents or just keep my mouth shut?

A: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me,” is right up there with “Johnny and Julie siting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G….” and “I’m rubber, you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you” on the list of top annoying (yet endlessly repeated) childhood sayings. It also happens to be completely wrong. Screaming at kids is plenty bad. In fact, a new study has found that yelling at teens may do at least as much long-term damage as hitting.
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