Saturday, 21 September 2013


A Parents' guide

It is suggested that we shift the emphasis from teaching to learning, from our experience to the children's, in fact, from our world to their world.
-Zoltan Dienes

Math looks different these days.
 When you visit your child's Maths classroom, 
you are more likely to see your child solving real Maths problems.  
Definitely different from what you remember what Math lessons used to be.

Mathematics is problem-based.  
Teachers want children to understand that Math is not only used within the classroom, but also, helps them solve everyday problems.  
Hence, teachers use activities that are connected the the children's real lives. 
 Children are like mathematicians; they solve problems that may take them few minutes, an hour or more to solve. This way, children will figure and know that there are many ways to solve a problem. 

Children need to be expose to mathematics at both home and school.
Parents can help out by showing their children when they use math as simple as helping your child estimate in the grocery store or how many slices can we cut equally from a one whole pizza for a number of people. 

Teachers encourage children not only to work independently but also, in groups.  Children working together helps with understanding;  it allows more time for the children to talk, share and discuss about what they know and do not know. 
Working together as a team also helps to create good communication skills among the teachers and children. 
Teachers are engage with the children during group problem-solving.  
They actively listening to the children's  reasoning which, in turn, helps them understand their children's thinking and problem solving techniques they used. 

Homework may look different from when you were in school.  
The amount of it may be different too.
Practice is still important and children need to continue to do that. Children will still need to memorize basic facts.  Children need to be expose to activities and tasks that allow for a deeper understanding of the math. These tasks may take longer to solve, therefore, fewer problems are assigned to them. But these problems will help children understand how significant math is in their lives and for their future. 

We know that every child is capable of achieving in math. 

Math is everywhere! 
Look out for it with your children!

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