When students are excited about life, they are sponges for learning. Most of them know more about our iphones, iTunes, a favorite computer game, and music than we do. And they learned eagerly and FAST.
So what is it with school?
In a world where we are treated like numbers and statistics, it is easy to become a number, a rote computer drudging through.
The computer brings together...
Developing a grounded understanding of numbers, and number operations provides the firmest foundation for learning math. Touching, seeing, and manipulating physical objects are perhaps the surest way to accomplish that in the beginning.
Developing the practice of drawing pictures to reflect an arithmetic or story problem is the next step and soon becomes a central tool for thinking through...