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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Math Language a Foreign Langauge!!!

       I have been teaching math for the past 18 years and I have come to the realization that math language can be quite foreign.  I mean it really is its own language because, we don't use at home in a normal conversation.  So just think what it might be like for young children who at home may count. Mom calls them numbers.  Then when they get to 2nd grade or above a number can be called a numeral, a digit, a value, etc.....  The students then have no understanding of what we're talking about. I know I say it over and over and over. Exposure! Exposure! Exposure!  Of course for the little ones it has to be fun.  Is math a foreign language or not? What do you Think?

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