## Math and Happiness Part III: Can “Non-Math” People Thrive In a Math Class?

Math and Happiness, Part III: Can “non-math” people have a thriving experience learning math? In this series, we're exploring the intersection of learning and the emotional toll and rollercoasters that often accompany the process. In our first two parts we explored...

## Math and Happiness Part II: The Two Sweet Spot Rules

Last time, we defined Zone of Proximal Development and “Sweet Spot” (technical term!) Let’s dig into this a little more, and then outline the two main guidelines for keeping a student there. This space of learning—after you’ve been shown something, but before you’ve...

## Math and Happiness Part I: Your Sweet Spot Defined

One of the magical things about one-on-one teaching is that it’s easy to keep a student in what educational theorists call their Zone of Proximal Development. I call it your Sweet Spot! If you’re bored, optimal learning is not happening. On the other hand, if...

## What Do I Mean by “Mastery Number”?

What do you mean- Mastery Number? Glad you asked! (don’t worry- you’re not supposed to know this already. The Mastery Number idea is something I made up to make this stuff easier to talk and strategize about). So… Everyone has a Mastery Number! It is the number of...

## Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part IV of IV: How to Practice?

In this series of articles, we’ve been exploring the idea that a Bottom-Up Approach to teaching math can do more for lasting skill mastery than the more traditional Top-Down one. The system that will take the best advantage of this approach will have strategies...

## Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part III of IV: What to Practice?

In our last two articles, we’ve been exploring the idea that a Bottom-Up Approach to teaching math can do more for lasting skill mastery than the more traditional Top-Down one. The system that will take the best advantage of this approach will have strategies related...

## What Do I Mean by “Practice Math”? [Video]

Lacie answers… What does it mean to practice math? Got a burning math question for me? Email me here and your question might be featured in a future Lacie Answers… video. (and I’ll email you an answer in the meantime. :)) Save Save

## Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part II of IV: When To Practice?

Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part II of IV: When to Practice? In our last article we discussed the idea that a Bottom-Up approach to teaching math could do more for lasting skill mastery than the more traditional Top-Down one. Our next few...

## Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part I of IV: Why Practice?

Exploring a Bottom-Up Approach to Learning Math, Part I of IV: Why Practice? Repetition, especially of the “rote” memorization ilk, gets a bad rap in academia. This is with good reason. As teachers, we don’t want you blindly memorizing something without understanding...

## Why Is Summer Such a Great Time to Do Math Lessons?

Practicing math over the summer will help you: Combat summer skill loss Start out next year strong and confident – and ready to learn new skills, instead of having to re-learn ones from last year Did your learner struggle with math this year? Especially toward...