A Different Kind of Math Tutor

Research on how people think results in cognitive tutor programs that help kids do better in math. Findings Algebra class may be less difficult and a bit more fun these days, thanks to research on how human cognition works. Developed over two decades by psychologist John Anderson, the Adaptive Character of Thought (ACT-R) theory is a framework for understanding how we think about and attack problems, including math equations. The theory reflects our understanding o human cognition based on numerous facts derived from psychological experiments. ACT-R suggests that complex cognition…

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Kent ISD leading effort to elevate high-quality math education

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Math literacy and reading literacy are equally important skills for the 21st century, educators say. The Kent Intermediate School District is leading an initiative with educational leaders who have a laser-focused goal of supporting students in becoming better mathematicians. “We are in the process of aligning our efforts with other ISDs and organizations that we can partner with to continue pushing for a high-quality mathematics education,” said Rusty Anderson, Kent ISD mathematics consultant. “Mathematics is a huge area for the success of students being college and career…

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