Showing posts with label number sense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label number sense. Show all posts

Can We Really Teach Number Sense?

Resources and ideas for building number sense in students

In 2013, NPR published "Scientists Put a 'Sixth Sense' For Numbers on Brain Map". The article summarized scientists' findings on a region of the brain responsible for our ability to estimate quantities.  


Quantities of pencils on the floor, quantities of tiles on the ceiling, quantities of flowers in a vase. Without counting, how close can you get to estimating the correct number of objects you see?

Leading the study was Ben Harvey who was quoted as saying, "The better you are at number sensing, the better you seem to do on standardized mathematical tests."