You might know Danica from her role as Winnie Cooper in Wonder Years, but what you might not know is that in addition to her lifelong acting career, Danica is an internationally-recognized mathematician, New York Times best-selling author and advocate for math education.
All learning is state-dependent, meaning that the information you learn becomes associated with the emotional state you were in while learning it. Unless we have a deep interest in the topic or have a positive association to it, chances are we won’t learn the information well—and this is especially true for learning math, which many of us learned to dislike in school!
In this conversation, we delve into why maths becomes a disliked topic for so many of us, and how our own preconceptions can get in the way of our success. We’ll explain some ways you can bring fun into your learning (and your child’s learning), and why this will help you to retain the information better in the long-term! If you’ve had some bad experiences with math as a child, we’ll also give you some suggestions to get back to math and enjoy it.