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- Published on Saturday, 02 August 2014 17:53
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Catch up after the summer: tips for help with homework
- Published on Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:34
Most children have not done a lot of Math over the summer and need to catch up. Start the new school year on the right foot. Don't wait till homework becomes a major hurdle, make sure your child develops good habits and offer help when needed. Explore which help is best for your child. For one child an explanation of the procedure works, another child would like to see a worked out example or ‘act out’ the question by making a drawing or using manipulatives before doing the calculations with numbers.
Here are some suggestions:
- Ask your child what the question is they like to have help with.
- Ask to tell you what is already clear and where it gets tricky.
- Ask the child to make a guess of the answer without doing the exact calculation. Discuss if the estimate makes sense and why.
- Ask if your child can find an explanation or worked out example in the textbook or in their notes?
- Ask them to write the number sentence of the question on squared paper using one square for each number or sign, and give it a try to solve it. Use the grid to work out the answer.
- Does your child need a temporary ‘cheat sheet’ with math facts?
- Can you find or make up a similar question with easier numbers or less complicated to do as an example
- Suggest to go over the corrections of previous questions looking for a similar mistake and ask your child to tell you how it was fixed. Ask to fix the question they were working on in the same way.
- Suggest that your child makes a list of previous errors and how they were fixed, review the list.
- Does your child like to work together with another student from the class or make a phone call about the question? Is there a facebook group from the class that deals with Math?
- Is your child’s teacher available before or after school to explain the question? By email?
- Is there a link to a website with video's to explain the material in the textbook?
Be realistic and allow time for practice. Children who have missed out in Math in the past need more practice. You want to see progress and you can’t expect 100% correct the first time. Praise the effort!
Last but not least: as much as you like your child to get a good grade, please resist the urge to just provide the correct answers. You help your child best when you set the stage to come up with their own answers first.
Multiplication and Division for Visual Learners
- Parent Category: Services
- Published on Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:37
This is a great activity to help children visualize the concepts of multiplication and division in 5 steps. Follow the steps as outlined in the downloadable lesson.
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How to learn Math: for students
- Parent Category: Parents
- Published on Saturday, 12 April 2014 17:54
How to Learn Math for Students
by Jo Boaler, Stanford University Professor of Mathematics Education, has just opened for registration. The MOOC course is FREE and is designed for any learners of math, to give them a positive relationship with math.
The course has 3 goals:
- To instill a growth mindset, especially in math
- To teach a range of mathematical strategies, such as representing, and seeking big ideas
- To show math as a connected, living subject with videos of math in soccer, dance, art, nature and many more applications.
The MOOC was designed and is presented with my team of undergraduates, and offers a pedagogy of active engagement.
There are 6 course sessions, that take 15-20 minutes each. They combine short videos that teach ideas with questions for students to think about and help deepen learning. At the end of every session students are asked to summarise the ideas for someone of a similar age. This draws from the "saying is believing" approach of psychological research that shows that when students summarise ideas and explain them to someone else they are helped in believing them for themselves.
The course is designed for learners of all levels and all ages. I recommend that teachers judge the suitability of the materials for elementary age children. For those under 13 a parent or other person responsible for them will be required to register on the site, giving email and other details.
Ideally students can take the classes during lesson time and spend the rest of the lesson discussing them as a class. I recommend not taking the classes faster than once a week. The class is best taken individually, not as a class, as it involves deep, personal reflection on mindsets.
The class will open at the end of May/beginning of June and stay open until the end of December, so that students could take the course this school year, in the summer or in the fall. But register now, so that you can be sent more details and news when the course opens.