Edric is all about rethinking how math is taught in the US. We expect everyone to be literate. It should also be normal for everyone to be numerate, fully able to participate in a society molded by technology and science. Edric focuses his efforts on how math is taught in Elementary and Middle School, at that crucial level where children lose ground and often lose hope.
He has published three books:
Teaching to Intuition, a teaching resource, seeks to present an approach to teaching and learning that builds on what children and adults already know about the world around us. The first chapter takes us to the check-out counter of a supermarket and, as we observe what those shoppers do, we discover that they all take for granted many mathematical realities. We then ask: Why is that not what we teach? We notice, for instance, that none of these shoppers has any concern about the order in which purchases and discount coupons are scanned. They know it doesn’t make any difference. So why is moving numbers around in a series of additions and subtractions taught in terms of the ‘commutative and associative properties of operations’ which those shoppers don’t need and which apply only to additions? How can we teach what everybody knows at the check-out counter in terms that give children the confidence that mathematics is something that reflects their natural understanding and that equips them with the full flexibility enjoyed by these shoppers? The strategy proposed has consequences that go far beyond Elementary School mathematics.
Making Friends with Numbers is a series of creative worksheets that, in contrast to brute memorization, teach multiplication facts in a way that builds on understanding and opens the mind to mathematical thinking. It seeks to answer a real need in many of our students. On the cover, it makes a promise: “Let learning and reviewing multiplication facts teach you math.”
Grow Your Brain - A Mostly Oral Approach to a Great Start in Math offers a program of short, daily dialogs between parents/teachers and children that help 1st and 2nd graders discover Math as a thinking activity Children learn addition facts and acquire number sense as they gradually, playfully build their knowledge as a network of connections and patterns. Grow Your Brain helps children discover the truths of math right from the start as something that comes from within as opposed to facts and rules imposed from the outside. This sets children on a path where learning is welcomed, meaningful, and efficient. Children who would do well anyway see their predisposition encouraged and validated. Those who might otherwise fail to connect with Math are slowly nurtured into discovering Math as something that they can embrace and enjoy. This book has new, yet sensible, ways of conveying math concepts. For instance, it presents number lines vertically, instead of horizontally. That way, when you tell your child to move "up" the number line, it really is up!