Frequently Asked Questions
How can I best help my child in math?
There are many opportunities to boost your child's mathematical abilities and confidence. Some things that you can do include:
- Doing real world math during shopping errands, etc.
- Helping your child learn basic facts
- Helping your child break down problems into smaller steps
- Encouraging your child to to keep trying even when faced with a difficult problem
Additionally, there are techniques that great teachers use that help children improve problem-solving skills that parents can use in casual conversation, or while helping with homework. They include, but are not limited to:
- Asking specific questions that help your child naturally gain a deeper understanding of math
- Introducing more challenging topics in a natural and stress-free way so that when your child sees it in school, it is second-nature
- Strategically speaking to your child in ways that help your child gain confidence with math
Some of these techniques can be learned and put into practice quickly. For others, you need to have an understanding of how your child is learning math in school so that you have a better sense of where your child is. Our short seminars will introduce you to general habits that you can adopt quickly, while our more in-depth seminars immerse you in the mathematics that your child will learn.
Isn't everything changing since they got rid of the Common Core?
In short, no.
Think of it this way. On one side, there are policy makers who are concerned with assessment, regulation, and often, making a name for themselves. And on the other side, there are educators and education researchers who, through the love of educating children, have been working for decades discovering best practices for teaching mathematics, and thinking about the underlying skills are necessary for all kids--such as reading well and being able to solve real-world problems. When a policy maker consults cutting-edge researchers and practitioners, these field experts will not change their viewpoints that quickly. One new political effort will not undermine decades of study and research. At best, the old standards will be altered to reflect the most recent understandings, but not changed completely.
Why shouldn't I just get a tutor for my child instead of taking these workshops?
Unless your child's tutor lives with you, only you can provide just-in-time support when your child is struggling with a problem. You can catch the teachable moments when your child is engaged, rather than waiting for the once- or twice-a-week scheduled sessions, at which point your child's interest and urgency have passed.
When it comes to helping your child in math, a little knowledge goes a long way. By merely adjusting your conversational habits, you can make a difference in the way your child approaches math. If you want to go further, you can spend a bit more time to learn the milestones that your child should achieve so that you can be even more effective in helping your child succeed.
I'm terrible at math. Will I be able to understand the math-based workshops?
Yes! In fact, you may have an advantage, because you may have an easier time understanding how your child may learn the math. The best teachers understand what it is like to be a student!
How do you know what my child is learning in Mathematics?
Math is math. We focus on the underlying concepts of the mathematics that your child will be exposed to in school. Even if your child is given a different lesson than what our workshops present, the understanding of math the way your child should know it will allow you to understand anything that your child brings home.
Can dads take the workshops?
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome! (We just couldn't resist the alliteration)