A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.
Scientific American: Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn’t Add Up (This is not a criticism of my math teacher friends — love you, mean it! — but some food for thought here. I know part of the reason I never “got” math was the emphasis on memorization. I still cannot tell you was 7×6 is without counting for awhile in my head.)
“Most mathematics classrooms in the U.S. equate skill with speed, valuing fast recall and testing even the youngest children against the clock. But studies show that kids manipulate math facts in their working memory—an area of the brain that can go off-line when they experience stress. Timed tests impair working memory in students of all backgrounds and achievement levels, and they contribute to math anxiety, especially among girls. By some estimates, as many as a third of all students, starting as young as age five, suffer from math anxiety.”
ADDitude Magazine: ADHD Discipline Help for Parents (Not sure there’s much to actually help parents here, but…at least you’ll know you (your child) are not alone and that some of the behavior issues you see are because of ADHD. With Lauren — the hypersensitivity, the lying, the lack of care for consequences)
Outside Magazine: Want to See Climate Change in Action, Use Google’s Time Lapse (Just when you thought you couldn’t feel any worse about the state of the world, eh? Show this to that climate-change denier idiot you know…we all know one, don’t we?)
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms: A Christmas Tradition you Can Start Today (Pretty cool idea)