Perhaps you have seen the Facebook post by an angry mother who is upset about her daughter’s Common Core-based math problem. There’s a larger lesson here, but it’s not about the Common Core.
Click here for the Facebook post by Larisa Yaghoobov Settembro
The problem asked was,
Carole read 28 pages of a book on Monday and 103 pages on Tuesday. Is 75 pages a reasonable answer for how many more pages Carole read on Tuesday than Monday?
And the student responded,
Yes, 75 is a reasonable answer because 103-28 = 75
for which she was deducted a point for not estimating the answer of 70, since that appears to be the lesson about what is a “reasonable” answer. The teacher marked:
-1 [pt] Estimate 100-30 = 70
Right math lesson, wrong question
Other blog and news sites have taken this on, for and against the question. I think this is a horrible question, but not because the exercise of rounding is worthless. It’s a poor assessment question because, Continue reading
At the A+ Club we often hear from parents that their child is struggling in math.
Sometimes it’s, “she never does well in math” or “he does his math homework but scores poorly on quizzes and tests.”
Why students struggle in math: guided v independent practice empowered by feedback from The A+ Club on Vimeo.
“Guided practice” is when the teacher shows or “teaches” a new topic or skill.
“Independent practice” is when the student engages it by him or herself.
Effective teaching develops learning through a deliberate combination of guided and independent practice, where each builds upon the other. However, if the two are disconnected b an absence of effective and direct teacher to student feedback, then learning doesn’t happen.
This is why kids often say, “I get it when my teacher explains it, but I can’t do it on my own.” When your child complains that he or she “doesn’t test well,” it’s because your child is not receiving effective feedback to empower the independent practice required for learning.
This process is the same for all courses and subjects, but it more frequently manifests in math classes because math learning is not as easily processed through “guided practice” as other subjects.
In our A+ Club academic program, we engage students in effective learning techniques and provide guidance and direct math tutoring and in all subjects for overall academic success.
Speaking math constantly with Joy Ferrante
Student Success Podcast No. 11, Dec. 18, 2013
Today’s Guest: Joy Ferrante
Joy discusses how parents can be deeply involved in their child’s math learning. We use math and other school subjects all day long — how often do we use those concepts and tasks to help our children learn? Calendars, cooking utensils, house addresses… anything can be turned into a useful, effective math lesson for children, and not just young children. Continue reading
Math success: believe you can achieve with Okera Hawkins
Student Success Podcast No. 9, Nov. 29, 2013
Today’s Guest: Okera Hawkins
Co-founder of The A+ Club, Okera Hawkins, discusses what it takes to succeed in high school math. If there’ any single thing, Okera tells us, it is “confidence.” Getting there is a process — but it is a process that every student can engage and master. But they have to want to. Okera leads us through the pieces of success in math, including organization, asking questions, and math literacy. Please enjoy this excellent and important interview. Continue reading