Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Using our Fingers in Maths

All of us at WBS have embarked on an online Maths Course with Stanford University.  Jo Boaler, the professor, explains a bit about why it's important for kids to be able to use their fingers in Maths. 

"Research tells us that it is very important for students to develop ‘finger discrimination’ that is, for students to know their fingers really well. Evidence from both behavioral and neuroscience studies shows that when people receive training on ways to perceive and represent their own fingers, they develop better representations of their fingers, which leads to higher mathematics achievement."

Here is an article going into it a bit more if you're interested in the science and research behind some of what we are doing: Article about why kids should use their fingers in Maths

This week in Maths we have been exploring our fingers, beginning to learn the names of the fingers and the difference between our left and right. 

Here we are exploring finger mazes with both our left and right hands, having to match our finger to the colour line.

Stay tuned for more around how we use our hands and fingers to help us with maths! 

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