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#### Math Anxiety: An Important Component of Mathematical Success

By Erin Maloney, Jonathan Fugelsang & Daniel Ansari | November 17, 2016
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3:22 pm

Mathematics education in Ontario is a hotly debated topic, a large emphasis lately being on whether we should focus on the newer “discovery math” (also known as “Inquiry-based learning”) or the older “learn-by-rote” approach. While both ap

#### The question is not, “how best to teach mathematics?” The question, educator, is “how best for YOU to teach mathematics?”

By Matthew Oldridge | September 12, 2016
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3:31 pm

The debate over what constitutes “good” math instruction flares up over and over again. We are over 25 years into “reform” mathematics curricula, which started with the publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards (1989

#### What Algebraic Symbols Have Been and Might Become

By David Landy | January 28, 2016
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7:23 pm

The Paradox
Formal notations present a basic conundrum for mathematics teaching and learning: We all know that algebraic notation is tremendously powerful in the hands of experts. On the other hand, the sad reality is that most students don’t get muc

#### Real World Math: The Garden Stone Problem

By Tim Boudreau | October 6, 2015
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7:00 am

I’m always on the lookout for ways to make Math seem “more real” for my students. I find one of the worst things that can happen in a child’s Math education is if they get the idea in their head that Math is an abstract concept, detached from ever

#### Critical and Creative Thinking in the Math Classroom

By Matthew Oldridge | October 5, 2015
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8:46 pm

I believe critical and creative thinking are both essential to doing math. Yet I believe both are relatively unexplored areas with our young student mathematicians.
Here is the lone reference to critical and creative thinking in the Ontario curriculum:

#### What makes math interesting anyway?

By Marian Small | October 5, 2015
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7:56 pm

I sometimes reflect on what it is about math that makes me love it. I think that what attracts me is the opportunity to think and reason. But for lots of folks, math is not really about the thinking as much as it about getting answers to problems (or ex

#### Making Kids Doers of Math Instead of Doing the Math

By Jonathan So | October 5, 2015
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7:37 pm

My biggest fear in education right now is that we are having our kids go through the paces of doing school. We are turning our students through the drudgery of school. Before I started to really question this thinking I saw it in my own class. My stud

#### If Math is the Aspirin, Then How do you Create the Headache?

By Dan Meyer | October 5, 2015
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7:11 pm

Several months ago, I asked you, “You’re about to plan a lesson on concept [x] and you’d like students to find it interesting. What questions do you ask yourself as you plan?”
There were nearly 100 responses and they said a great deal about t

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