Students’ experiences with math should be positive, encouraging, and challenging in ways that build confidence and problem solving skills. There are some really big ideas floating around about how to overhaul math education; there are also some small things that you can do right now to improve the math experiences of your children and students. While big changes take time, it is exciting to think about all the subtle changes you can make to have a large positive impact today.

Absolute Math is a resource for educators and parents looking for both small and big ideas in math education. 


Credit Belongs to Those in the Arena: Creative Confidence & a Designer’s Mindset

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where
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Math Ed Around the Web – July 2017

Education articles from the past month that caught my eye. One of my favorite articles was by a parent of a
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3 Simple Ways to Develop Number Sense in your Preschooler

Children who have strong number sense are more confident and fluent problem solvers. They know how to make numbers work
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Number Sense: What is it and Why is it so Important?

Quick: multiply 17 x 12 in your head. How did that feel? You may have approached it several different ways and got
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Amanda Ripley’s: The Smartest Kids in the World

Increasing rigor and emphasizing mastery is key to making American students competitive on the world stage. The Smartest Kids in the
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Tom & David Kelly’s: Creative Confidence

Creativity is crucial to problem solving; creative confidence allows individuals to believe in their ability to create change.   Creative Confidence pulls
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Jo Boaler’s: What’s Math Got to Do with It?

The best thing we can teach students is to be quantitatively literate, think flexibly, and creatively solve problems.   What's Math Got
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Benedict Carey’s: How We Learn

Understanding how to harness the natural power of our brains can make learning easier.   How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About
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