Tag Archives: Joan Cotter

  • RightStart™ and Fractions

    By Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D., https://rightstartmath.com/ Fractions have a bad reputation in the world of arithmetic as being incomprehensible and unpredictable. Cartoons exploit this fear of fractions for amusement. Believe or not, it’s all a huge misunderstanding. Fractions are necessary and amazing. They are needed, among other things, for telling time, for counting money and Continue Reading

  • RightStart Math and Problem Solving

    By Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D., www.alabacus.com Math anxiety can be thought of as a learned fear of numbers or anything to do with math. It results in feelings of tension and fear at the sight of numbers or math symbols, causing poor performance in math, especially on tests. Sadly, in the U.S., over 50 percent Continue Reading

  • RightStart and Addition Facts

    By Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D. https://rightstartmath.com/ Addition Addition can be thought of as finding the whole when the parts are known. Place value greatly simplifies finding the sum of two numbers. To be efficient in adding, we start with the sums of numbers 1 + 1 through 9 + 9. These are best learned through Continue Reading