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Is This Poster a Solution to Helping Struggling Learners Understand Math?

Is This Poster a Solution to Helping Struggling Learners Understand Math?

Many are calling "The Math Arrow" poster and its supplementary apps a revolutionary way to teach students math with its update to the traditional number line.

According to the company behind The Math Arrow, Sproglit, the new take on the number line is the answer to helping visual learners and students with initial difficulties learning math.

The company even argues that parents should ask teachers to provide the posters in their classrooms in order to better help parents understand how to help their children with math; the company claims the poster and applications make learning and teaching math easier for all.

Developed by former White House advisor Todd Buchholz, who has been recognized by Harvard University for teaching and has worked with Cambridge University, the updated version of the number line and the apps made to go with it have substantially helped students improve.

According to BYU researchers, first-graders who played the Kyle Counts app in supplement to the Math Arrow poster were able to raise their scores 7.5% to 11% based on just one hour of play, the company said in its statement.

The poster and counting apps combo is also said to help students with ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Many in the field have positive things to say about the poster's potential, with the cell phone's inventor Martin Cooper calling it "ingenious" and Cambridge University math professor Matthias Dorzzapf championing it for making arithmetic easier for children in a "simple way."

Read more about the company and poster here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

09/18/2015

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