Your Brain on Math

Business Insider put out a fascinating story with pictures of scans showing what happens in the brain when solving a math problem.  They indicated four distinct steps: encoding (reading and understanding the problem), planning (strategizing how to tackle the problem), solving (performing the math), and responding (typing or writing the answer)

The steps themselves should come as no surprise to anyone who has taught math. Our lead instructor, Elayn Martin-Gay, has been teaching these steps in our award-winning videos for over 20 years.  Science is just starting to describe what great teachers have known for decades and probably centuries.  In teaching math, we add a fifth important step of checking the answer. I would like to see what the brain looks like during that step.


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