Does Your Power of Estimation Make Number Sense

Panamath On-Line Test Can Also Allow Students to Recognize the Importance of Number Sense

Quickly now! Can you estimate on sight how many pieces of pasta spring forth from your pasta bag? What is your number sense? Find out and contribute to a national study. Your number sense is your power of estimation of how much of something you see.

The national discussion about math education often includes mention of something called “number sense,” an intuitive skill that supports not only our understanding of mathematical concepts, but our overall survival (or success, these days) in the world. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, understanding numbers and the relationships between them is essential to successful math learning – in order to understand the role of each operation and to know when we’ve arrived at a reasonable answer, we must have a foundational understanding of numbers themselves.

Wondering what your number sense is like? Try out Panamath‘s free online test! Panamath measures number sense in addition to something called approximate number system (ANS) aptitude – essentially, it tests how good you are at identifying amounts of things without actually counting them. Made available to the public through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Panamath’s test is an interesting experiment in numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

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