**1) PASSION**

Math is typically taught as “all scales, no music”. By tuning into our children’s passions, we can help them achieve excellence.

It is important to include real life math investigations – helps eliminate the “I’ll never use X” thought.

Make math interesting, challenging, and important.

Example: Dr. Alice Stewart used math (statistics) to show that X-rays of pregnant women had a valid result of an increase in childhood leukemia in the 1950s.

A child’s interest and passions are NOT always their areas of giftedness. Don’t squelch them.

Use math to solve real world problems:

Example: the gold kangaroo coin for $100 that is absolutely tiny because the advertisers used mm to show the diameter.

Example: whalers would promise 1/200 of profits, some hired men would DEMAND 1/300 of the profits not knowing they were getting ripped off.

A way of making math interesting: take boring worksheets and turn them into a game, ie “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”

**2) MASTER BASIC SKILLS**

**3) CHALLENGE AND FRUSTRATION IS NORMAL**

We can benefit from our mistakes. Some math mistakes in media:

Wizard of Oz: the scarecrow doesn’t properly quote the Pythagorean Theorem after he gets his brain

Proposition 203 in Arizona (cigarette tax)

Help kids develop GRIT

When working work variables, try the 2-10 method. Example:

Tom paints n cars in t hours. How many cars does he paint in an hour?

Tom paints 2 cars in 10 hours. How many cars does he paint in an hour? (5, t/n)

**4) NURTURE YOUR FAMILY’S LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE**

Introduce various subjects like math, history, science, analogy, etc. Dinner time trivia is a good painless way to do so.

**5) TEACH FOR INTUITIVE LEARNING, NOT ROTE**

Example: marble jar

You don’t need to be a math superstar in order to teach math.

**6) DEVELOP MATHEMATICAL THINKING AND APPROPRIATE CHALLENGE**

Example: Level 1, 2, 3, and Einstein level of math problems.

Kids in primary grades can do much harder math problems than we expect (intuitive learning)

**7) SET REASONABLE CALCULATOR RULES**

Keep learning basic facts

Teach thinking, not rote

**8) TEACH BASES**

This forces a thorough understanding of place value

Base 2, 5, 10, etc

Some of Ed’s Books:

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- Primary Grade Challenge Math
- Upper Elementary Challenge Math
- Now You Know It (trivia)

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