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Math and Happiness, Part I: Your Sweet Spot Defined

One of the magical things about one-on-one teaching is that it’s easy to keep a student in what educational theorists call their Zone of Proximal Development.  I call it your Sweet Spot!  If you’re bored, optimal learning is not happening.  On the other hand, if...
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What Do We Mean by “Math Number”?

What do you mean- Math Number? Glad you asked!  (don’t worry- you’re not supposed to know this already.  The Math Number idea is something I made up to make this stuff easier to talk and strategize about).  So… Everyone has a Math Number!  It is the number of top...
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Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part IV of IV: How to Practice?

In this series of articles, we’ve been exploring the idea that a Bottom-Up Approach to teaching math can do more for lasting skill mastery than the more traditional Top-Down one.  The system that will take the best advantage of this approach will have strategies...
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Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part III of IV: What to Practice?

In our last two articles, we’ve been exploring the idea that a Bottom-Up Approach to teaching math can do more for lasting skill mastery than the more traditional Top-Down one.  The system that will take the best advantage of this approach will have strategies related...
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What do we mean by “Practice Math”? [Video]

Today we’re introducing the first of our Math For Keeps Answers videos! Here we address a very basic question that we get asked ALL THE TIME. Watch for the answer below. Got a burning math question for us? Let us know in the comments and your question may be...
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