Monday, December 3, 2018



First trimester math - 2018:





Many parents ask for ideas they can use to help support their students learning, especially in the area of math. These six suggestions come from an article shared on the website of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Richmond’s math committee has added some explanation to these suggestions as we see them relating to our students and their families, and we have also included links to other online resources families may find helpful to learn more about supporting children as math learners.


The Six DO’s for Families and Their Math Students


Be positive - Try to present a positive math mindset for your children. Studies show that parents and teachers who are anxious about math can pass that anxiety onto children.


Click the links here for more information on growth mindset, math anxiety, and common myths about math that you can help your children move past.


Link mathematics with daily life - Allow your child to see and even take part in “real-life” math to show them how math comes into our daily lives. Let children help with recipes, measuring, counting money, calculating time, determining gas mileage, and all the other tasks that require math in our day to day routines.



Make mathematics fun - There are so many great resources available nowadays to make math fun and engaging for students. Try linking math to a card game like War, download a math app like Bedtime math, or play a board game like Monopoly.



Learn about mathematics-related careers - Have your child explore different careers that involve math and ask which ones they may one day be interested in.



Have high expectations for your students - Encourage your child to work to his or her ability and push through when faced with difficult math problems.





Support homework—don’t do it! - Math homework is meant to serve as practice for students, but also as a piece of formative assessment to help inform teachers about a student’s progress. Support your child and offer guidance and constructive feedback as they complete math homework, but know that it’s OK for that homework to have mistakes. Mistakes in math help teachers to know how to help their students!

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