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Learn about education with Smartick! Through interviews with experts in the field, education advice for the youngest ones at home, and much more.

May25

Why Do Children Believe That Things Happen?

Why Do Children Believe That Things Happen?

Everything Happens for a Reason We have all heard or given an irrational, or teleological, explanation about why something happens. This rings true, for example, if you’ve ever thought, ”We crossed paths today because it was fate – I had to see you.” Children have been known to be more likely to give in and […]

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May14

The Positive Aspects of ADHD

The Positive Aspects of ADHD

Today, a great deal of information about ADHD is available. A considerable amount has been written about the difficulties and peculiarities presented by people with ADHD at an academic, familial, or social level. However, very little information has touched upon the positive aspects of ADHD.Upon researching this topic of the subject I have found that, […]

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May11

Diagnostic Questions in Mathematics Education

Diagnostic Questions in Mathematics Education

We will continue reflecting on Craig Barton’s book How I Wish I’d Taught Maths on the Smartick blog. Today, we will address the topic of diagnostic questions in mathematics education. Diagnostic Teaching Diagnostic teaching has a long tradition in mathematics education. This approach to teaching mathematics was initially developed in the 1980s, at the University […]

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May07

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Learning From Mistakes In the past, teaching methodologies did not consider the possibility that the student would have to go through a period of making mistakes in order to learn something. This is because it was believed that making a mistake was equivalent to learning. Since the middle of the last century, things have changed. […]

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Apr27

Characteristics of Purposeful Practice

Characteristics of Purposeful Practice

In this post, we are going to continue with the latest chapter of How I Wish I’d Taught Maths, by Craig Barton, about evidence-based education. Today we will discover a type of activity that can be tailored to both novice and expert learners: purposeful practice. As we have seen in a previous post, deliberate practice […]

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Apr23

Cognitive Training and Its Application to Improve Dyscalculia Symptoms

Cognitive Training and Its Application to Improve Dyscalculia Symptoms

  At Smartick we have opted to offer math activities and cognitive training games to complement and optimize the math learning experience for children, including those with learning difficulties. In this post, we will talk specifically about dyscalculia, as it is one of the learning disabilities that specifically relates to mathematics. Cognitive Areas Most Affected […]

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Mar20

Practice and Repetition as the Base of Learning

Practice and Repetition as the Base of Learning

Repetition is an effective and natural mechanism for consolidating what has been studied. The initial explanation of a concept is important but is unable to give the student knowledge without some form of practice. ‘‘You learn by doing and repeating.” Repetition Is a Process That Appears Very Early in Human Development Repetition is an innate, […]

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Mar18

Smartick Awarded Best Homeschooling Math Program

Smartick Awarded Best Homeschooling Math Program

Homeschooling is a growing trend in countries like the United States. There, millions of families are opting for alternative, personalized teaching methods for their children. Homeschooling benefits about 2.5 million American students, with an estimated annual growth rate of 5%. In 2014, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) helped launch Smartick in the United States, where […]

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Mar05

Is It True That Boys Are Better at Math Than Girls?

Is It True That Boys Are Better at Math Than Girls?

  It has been shown that the level of mathematical competence, assessed in the early years of school, predicts our academic and career success (Bynner 2006). That is, kids with good math skills will have more opportunities academically, and later, in their careers. And, as surprising as it is, this relationship between math skills and future […]

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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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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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