An Eclectic Selection

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Early Math, Imagination and One Amazing Family Math Night:
An interview with Kindergarten Teacher Kim Mueller

(from the Spring 2008 e-newsletter)

When Kim Mueller, a 14-year veteran kindergarten teacher from New Jersey, wandered into one of my sessions at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematicsm (NCTM) conference in Philadelphia a few years ago, little did I know what was in store. Kim was working on her dissertation (“Teacher Perceptions of Math Instruction”) and interested in ways to help kids see math in real life contexts – which, of course, is what MathStart is all about. After the session, Kim came up to me and announced that I would be going to her school. I politely explained that I travel a lot and my school-visit calendar was all booked up. She didn’t blink and three years later...
permalink: www.stuartjmurphy.com/userimages/JANETS_PDFS/KIM_MUELLER_INTERVIEW_516a.pdf

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Early Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings

The joint position statement by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) on the importance of Early Math.

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Early Math: The Next Big Thing

by Ann S. Epstein
Director, Early Childhood Division of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
This is an excellent overview on the importance of teaching mathematics to preschoolers.

“…The fact is, young children are themselves interested in math. Their natural curiosity is evident in their everyday play and work. The role of teachers and parents is to provide children with the appropriate words, materials, and resources to explore their interests and scaffold new levels of understanding...”

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Preschool children’s narratives and performance on the Peabody Individualized Achievement Test – Revised: Evidence of a relation between early narrative and later mathematical ability

Daniela K. O’Neill,  Michelle J. Pearce and Jennifer L. Pick
Centre for Child Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada
This research paper examines the links between preschoolers' storytelling abilities and their mathematical abilities as measured a few years later. Certain aspects of storytelling appear to be especially important, such as being able to relate all the different events in a story (sequencing). 

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Math Will Rock Your World

According to Stephen Baker’s article in BusinessWeek, not only is math an important life skill, math is an increasingly critical tool for every kind of business you can imagine. Mathematicians rule! :

“…Just look at where the mathematicians are now. They're helping to map out advertising campaigns, they're changing the nature of research in newsrooms and in biology labs, and they're enabling marketers to forge new one-on-one relationships with customers. As this occurs, more of the economy falls into the realm of numbers. Says James R. Schatz, chief of the mathematics research group at the National Security Agency: ‘There has never been a better time to be a mathematician.’”

Baker’s follow-up book, The Numerati will be out in September, 2008.