Interpreting Mathematics

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Mathematics is the language of numbers, and in order to interpret this language a student has to acquirer the ability to compute a series of numbers, symbols and equations. This is one subjects that is most struggled in. Confusion along with frustration fall upon some learners in the attempt of understand this unique lingo. The possibility of avoiding math and lack of willingness to learn this language could be exhibited from some students.
To comprehend and attempt to correct this dilemma a few issues would have to be examined, for instance the traditional presentation of the information, the form in which the brain processes data, and new methods that have been introduced, which include the new findings of the functionality of the brain.
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When the brain learns, there are many different elements taking place. For instance, the brain has cell called neurons, the space between two neurons is called a Synapse (Medical Dictionary 2003). When new information is entering, or transmitting, something like an electrical current is created, this process is called a Synapses. When Synapses occurs, a new pathway is formed. When the information is revisited the pathway become stronger, the more a student learns about the topic the easier it is for their brain to retrieve the information. When learning occurs the brain grows, this is call brain plasticity. (Jo Boaler 07/2015).
Boaler is not alone in this theory, two professors of neuro science Abiola and Dhindas published an article through The International Journal of Environmental & Science Education. Called Improving classroom practices using our knowledge of how the brain works 2012 pg.76 paragraph 12-14) There findings were
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Florida State University conducted a study on 5000 students in grades K and 3rd using what is called the Mathematics Formative Assessment System (MFAS). The experiment included 31 schools and 301 teachers in three districts: urban, suburban and rural. The groups to take the MFAS and the group to be the control group were chosen randomly. Laura Lang the principal investigator of the testing noted that the results show that students that took the MFAS did better than the students in the control group, more information on the official report can be found at

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