As we expect every child to read fluently with comprehension by the end of third grade, we should expect and work diligently toward the goal of for every child to have mastery of numeracy with understanding by the end of fourth grade so that they can learn mathematics easily, effectively, and efficiently and appreciate its reach, power, and beauty.
Math education in school curriculum is about number concept, numbersense and building the brain for numeracy and beyond. It is all about how we make it easier for students to understand and develop mathematical way of thinking and communicate it. Through a systematic way of learning, practicing, and applying knowledge about the number concept, numbersense, numeracy, and mathematical way of thinking children have access to any mathematics, including higher mathematics.
Our brain is biologically wired for oral language and estimating the size of a collection of few objects but not for reading, writing, and procedural, numerical processing. In order to successfully read, write, and calculate procedurally, the human brain must re-purpose regions of the brain biologically designed for other purposes, develop specialization of neurons, create new circuits and connections attuned to oral and written language, number concept, numbersense, and numeracy and develop efficiency within these newly formed neural connections to achieve what neuroscientists call functional connectivity. And it can be done.
Tuesday Mathematics Education Webinars (Free)
For teachers, parents, and curriculum coordinators
By Professor Mahesh Sharma
Assisted by: Dr. Deb Winings and Sanjay Raghav
April 6, 2021: How to fill gaps in math achievement: Vertical Acceleration