Early Math

Mathematics Spotlight Spotlight on New Insights in Math Learning
This Spotlight will help you investigate high-quality math curricula, identify strategies to improve student math outcomes, and more.
March 1, 2024
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Mathematics What Is a Math Screener, and How Can They Help Young Students? 3 Things to Know
Identifying and supporting students early on can pay big dividends later. But math intervention differs from reading, researchers say.
Sarah Schwartz, February 28, 2024
5 min read
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Mathematics Opinion Math Might Be a Universal Language. But Don't Teach It That Way
Encouraging students to use their first language helps them make math connections, increasing their understanding and engagement.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 8, 2023
13 min read
Student teacher Sara Neal teaches math at Whitehall Elementary School, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Bowie, Md.
Student teacher Sara Neal teaches math at Whitehall Elementary School, Jan. 24, 2023, in Bowie, Md.
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Mathematics 3 Takeaways About Math Fact Fluency
“Everything else we do in math relies on your ability to use that knowledge pretty quickly,” said one teacher.
Sarah Schwartz, May 31, 2023
3 min read
Mathematics K-12 Essentials Forum Math Foundations For All
Examine the roots of early math instruction, including fluency, word problems, parent engagement, and how to help struggling students.
May 25, 2023
Mathematics Spotlight Spotlight on Improving Math Fluency
This Spotlight will help you assess math fact fluency, evaluate the challenges students face with word problems, and more.
May 15, 2023
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Mathematics Explainer How Addition Fluency Develops: A Visual Explainer
From basic counting to automatic recall, see how students learn to grasp their addition facts.
1 min read
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Mathematics Math Nights Make the Subject Fun for Kids and Adults Alike. Three Tips to Host One at Your School
Game nights help ease adult anxiety about math, which can help students stay motivated to learn it.
Evie Blad, May 3, 2023
3 min read
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Special Report Math Foundations for All: Clearing a Path
A solid foundation in math begins with knowing how schools can build students’ math fact fluency, foster parent involvement, and support students with math disabilities.
May 1, 2023
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Mathematics Why Word Problems Are Such a Struggle for Students—And What Teachers Can Do
Story problems can help young learners grasp math concepts, but teachers must design and scaffold them carefully.
Sarah Schwartz, May 1, 2023
12 min read
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Mathematics Dyscalculia and Dyslexia: Reading Disabilities Offer Insights for Math Support
Many students with math disabilities also have dyslexia. New research into the overlap reveals clues that could shape better math interventions.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 1, 2023
8 min read
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Mathematics Kids Need to Know Their Math Facts. What Schools Can Do to Help
Teachers can optimize how they introduce math facts and teach strategies while not losing sight of conceptual knowledge.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 1, 2023
10 min read
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Mathematics Parents Are Often Nervous About Math. They Can Still Help Their Kids Learn It
Games that get at core numeracy skills and family nights where parents learn about changing methods can dial down the stress.
Evie Blad, May 1, 2023
7 min read
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Mathematics Explainer What Is Math 'Fact Fluency,' and How Does It Develop?
Here's why math fact fluency matters, and what we know from research about teaching strategies and timed exercises.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 1, 2023
6 min read