My name is West. I teach 4th grade. I would like to know if there is any research which tells about the best time to teach math. Should it be taught in the a.m. or p.m.

thanks for your help


I don't have the references handy, but there are SOME indications that for specific individuals and specific types of work, there are better or worse times during the day.

The work I recall related to spatial thinking, and linked that, in turn to hormonal levels. (There are parts of these skills in spatial temporal reasoning which seem to be linked hormones, sex, etc. in animals and in humans.) The catch in trying to apply this is that the effects are NOT uniform for both sexes and for all individuals.

I have not seen studies related to other parts of mathematics, such as algebra, number theory, etc. It is important to remember that Mathematics is a plural word for a large number of distinct processes, both in the problems we attack, and the mental processes used.

Walter Whiteley

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