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April 19, 2016 AT 9:00 am

Math Teachers Should Encourage Their Students to Count Using Their Fingers in Class #makereducation

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Interesting piece from The Atlantic that champions the use of fingers as counting tools in math class.

A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old daughter had come home from school crying because her teacher had not allowed her to count on her fingers. This is not an isolated event—schools across the country regularly ban finger use in classrooms or communicate to students that they are babyish. This is despite a compelling and rather surprising branch of neuroscience that shows the importance of an area of our brain that “sees” fingers, well beyond the time and age that people use their fingers to count.

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