There seem to be quite a few talks this year on brain science and how it relates to teaching… specifically math. The one I could attend in my schedule was Ed Laughbaum’s talk “Teaching Developmental Algebra Isn’t Brain Science. Wait… Yes it is.” Here is a link to Ed’s website, where I assume he will post the presentation.

Ed had a fantastic list of references (some of which I have read and some that I have not… so it will be time to abuse my account again):

This last one looks like one I will definitely have to pick up SOON because I’m being rewired faster than I can adjust!

At the end of Ed’s talk, there was a “Call for Action” which I will republish here:

  • Use contextual situations with the introduction of a mathematical concept
  • Use visualizations at the beginning of a lesson
  • Use teaching/learning/priming activities as homework
  • Use questioning as a tool for teaching
  • Use handheld technology
  • Develop conceptual understanding first
  • Vary the delivery/methods
  • Re-visit concepts
  • Use a variety of homework activities
  • Use functions as the underlying theme to facilitate all research implications

(from Ed Laughbaum’s 2007 AMATYC presentation slides)

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