*Watch this video on You Tube to help you introduce your students to the ‘language of math.’*

*Watch this video on You Tube to help you introduce your students to the ‘language of math.’*

**Title: **“Math Isn’t Hard, It’s a Language”

**Link:** https://youtu.be/V6yixyiJcos

**Source: **Tedx Talks, 2014; Speaker- Dr. Randy Palisoc

**Popularity: **2,742,249 views (March 27, 2022)

**Summary: **

#### In this video, Dr. Randy Palisoc introduces a more effective approach to teaching mathematics: teaching it as a human language. Especially for young children, math can be an incredibly challenging subject to learn, and Dr. Palisoc states that this is due to the fact that it is taught in a dehumanized way. By incorporating words into mathematical concepts, children are taught to think of math in a way that makes sense to them by involving a language that they already know and understand.

#### Dr. Palisoc believes that math should be more intuitive than it is, but we have deconstructed it and made it more abstract than it needs to be, when it is really just meant to explain the world around us. It is important to make math as simple to understand as possible for children, so that they are better able to understand more difficult math concepts when they get older. Putting words back into math lessons allows children to comprehend complex concepts that are traditionally thought of as abstract and difficult to understand. So, instead of teaching 1 + 2= 3, it is more effective to teach 1 apple + 2 apples= 3 apples, so that students can later more easily understand ⅕ + ⅖= ⅗ as 1 fifth + 2 fifths= 3 fifths. According to Dr. Palisoc, “math is a human language, so we all have the ability to understand it.”

*Watch this You Tube video to help incorporate writing into your **math class or activities.*

*Watch this You Tube video to help incorporate writing into your*

*math class or activities.*