Friday, April 24, 2009

Creating a Brain-Friendly Math Classroom

Creating a Brain-Friendly Math Classroom
Presenters: Sally Kingsley and Connie Conroy, Howard County

This session went into the latest research and information from the book How the Brain Learns Math by David Sousa. (Because of copyright laws, only highlights of the session will be posted.)

The short term memory is divided into two sections, the immediate memory (about 30 seconds) and the working memory (which also has time limits). When things are put in your working memory, they are ready to be transferred to your long-term memory. Research shows that they are best transferred by rehearsal, a "less is more" approach, and through shorter periods. More information about this can be found in Sousa’s book.

Also in Sousa’s book, you will find great information on the stages of brain development, number knowledge at different age ranges, and the best times to learn math content. This book sounded like a great resource to have. I plan on ordering it when I get back home.

Has anyone read this text?


Anonymous said...

I have not heard of it, but it does sound interesting. I read about the types of memeory before, but not specifically how they are related to gaining math knowledge.


dayle timmons said...

This looks like a great resource for our Special Education teachers. So many of our children have identified deficits in short term, working and long term memory. It would be good to pair his research and strategies with specific kids. It seems like his information might really reduce frustration.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to get a copy also. I think it would be a great resourse for all teachers. Thanks for venturing out and sharing your experience!
Debbie Stevens

Suzanne said...

We are always looking for just right books for book study. Sounds like a winner to me!