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Jan30

The Role of Emotions in Learning

The Role of Emotions in Learning

Emotion = Emovere Emotions are a sensation or perception that we feel as the result of something. It is also an impulse to an action. Emotions generate interest and empathy, and they are contagious, personal and nontransferable. They can be fleeting, stable, or lead us to another emotion. We Are Emotional Beings “We evolve, learn, […]

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Jan27

Worked Examples and Metacognition

Worked Examples and Metacognition

This is the latest post as we continue with our analysis of Craig Barton’s book, How I Wish I’d Taught Maths about evidence-based education. Today we will talk about the chapter that discusses the use of worked examples and their relation to metacognition. Together they are a fundamental element of the learning process. What Are […]

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Jan23

Number Sense: From Quantities to Numbers

Number Sense: From Quantities to Numbers

Number Sense When speaking about mathematics most people think it is the ability to count, add and subtract numbers, or the ability to solve complex math equations. But, what comes before counting and the ability to recognize numbers? Number sense! In other words, the primitive ability to recognize and represent amounts without using numerical symbols […]

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Jan20

How Do We Apply Interleaving in Smartick?

How Do We Apply Interleaving in Smartick?

In an earlier post, we explained the difference between interleaving and blocked practice. Remember that interleaving (mixed practice) basically consists of organizing tasks by mixing different problems and exercises together in order to avoid solving problems in a mechanical way and instead stimulating the child to reflect on the strategy needed to solve each problem. […]

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Jan16

Single Parent Families and Education Challenges

Single Parent Families and Education Challenges

With divorce on the rise and diverse family options, single parent families are becoming more common. Whether chosen or not, this is a challenge you face daily with all the obligations – job, education, economic and personal – that come with being a single parent taking care of everything. Sometimes it is not easy to […]

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Jan13

Teaching Resources for Math Teachers

Teaching Resources for Math Teachers

In today’s post, we are going to present Smartick’s online teaching resources that can be used in the classroom by teachers- and are completely free. As you very well know, the Smartick method is based on the most innovative and effective techniques and methodologies that the education world has to offer. We put a lot […]

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Jan09

The Importance of Learning from Mistakes

The Importance of Learning from Mistakes

Nowadays, mistakes are not accepted easily and are occasionally over penalized. Sometimes school assessments focus more on failures than on learning. I see it often with some children. The fear of making a mistake paralyzes them so much that they avoid participating in class for fear of making a mistake.  Despite phrases like ”we learn […]

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Jan06

How to Calculate a Perimeter: Part 2

How to Calculate a Perimeter: Part 2

In an earlier post, we learned how to calculate the perimeter of any polygon and formulas for regular polygons and rectangles. Today, we are going to learn how to calculate the perimeter of other types of polygons: rhombuses, isosceles triangles, isosceles trapezoids, and stepped polygons. NOTE TO OUR READERS IN THE U.K. – This post […]

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Jan02

Homeschooling or Education Otherwise with Smartick

Homeschooling or Education Otherwise with Smartick

“Home education, homeschooling, and education otherwise”  are terms that refer to education at home. A form of school that develops at home within a family. This is an educational option that is practiced in many countries, mainly those in Europe, the Americas or Australia where it is more accepted and legislated. However, there are countries […]

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Dec30

Self-Explanation in the Learning Process

Self-Explanation in the Learning Process

In this post, we are going to continue analyzing the book, How I Wish I’d Taught Maths by Craig Barton, which is about evidence-based education. Today we will talk about the chapter that focuses on self-explanation which is the self-reflection that takes place when you are reading or learning something. Effects of Self-Explanation Self-explanation consists of […]

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Dec26

What is Dyscalculia and How Can It Be Treated

What is Dyscalculia and How Can It Be Treated

Dyscalculia, the Great Unknown In an earlier post, we spoke about a very current but not very well known topic: dyscalculia. Dyscalculia can present itself in a very diversified way but, generally, children that suffer from this specific learning disorder have difficulties with the basic aspects of numerical processing and calculation. These difficulties, if not […]

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