Reading & Math Intervention

WHAT’S NEW IN THE WORLD OF MATH?             

 

Family members can greatly influence children’s math skills and attitudes. Perhaps you do not realize it, but whenever you sort objects, read maps or schedules, compare prices, make change, or use a calculator or calendar, you are a model of mathematical behavior. When you measure, weigh, work with family finances, or figure out how much wallpaper will cover a wall, you are a living textbook! The best help you can give your student in math is simply to make your child aware of when and how to use math.

When you visit your child's mathematics classroom, it may look different from what you remember. 2 apples + 2 apples still equals 4 apples, and 7 x 8 is still 56, but now you're likely to see students counting real objects instead of just seeing them in a book. The math hasn't changed, but how we look at it has. We want ALL students to realize that math is more than adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We want children to be able to connect math to their everyday lives. We know that every child is capable of achieving in math topics such as geometry, data and statistics, algebra, and measurement — topics we've traditionally thought of as only accessible to some.

Teachers are now designing mathematical tasks that ask students to think deeply about math and how that math is part of their real lives. The problems students encounter won't be the two problems at the end of the lesson page that we all remember, but they'll be "real" problems that use math in a "real" way. There may be multiple ways to solve the problem so let go and ask your child how “they” would solve the problem – they just might surprise you!

If you have any questions or want to learn a new way to solve a math problem, don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or your campus math interventionist!

Bobbi Prince

Barrera Math Interventionist