Maria's Math News, April 2017
Welcome to the April edition!
In this edition:
1. Math Mammoth news
2. Looking back: Ten years agoIn my newsletter 10 years ago...
In case you're interested, you can find the old (and new) newsletters at www.mathmammoth.com/newsletter/
3. How to help your kids fall in love with mathA short guide with important points for parents... worth sharing!
I especially like the third, and last point that emphasized that we adults need to "think out loud", or model our thinking processes — and that is one great way for children to learn math.
How to help your kids fall in love with math — a guide for grown ups
4. A child is not getting addition factsHere's an interesting question concerning a child who's not getting basic addition facts.
Hi! I would love some insight and had Math Mammoth recommended to me. My daughter is 7 and in first grade. She is a natural at reading/spelling and is very much a perfectionist. She is not "naturally" mathy. I wasn't either in school and got left behind in math pretty quickly in traditional school.
Here's my suggestion...
What you can do is to have her study some other topic for a while, and then come back to the addition facts later. For example, study reading the clock, measuring, geometry, money, or place value (2 or 3-digit numbers) for now.
Math Mammoth will allow you to do that... it is mastery-based, but since it's organized by topical chapters (one chapter for money, another for measuring, etc.), you can easily choose to "jump around" a bit to give variety, and also for the reason like your situation... to let the child's mind mature, and come back to the "problem topic" later on.
Hope this helps!
5. Math teacher's feelingsPeak into a math teacher's feelings... I definitely agree with many thoughts mentioned in this letter, such as how (in the US) it is seemingly very acceptable to brag about one's lack of basic math skills, which I feel is kind of strange!
=> Dear Community; Sincerely, Math Teacher
6. A different approach to two-column proofsTeaching high school geometry? I assume not many of you are, but if you are, you might be interested in this:
Introducing Two-Column Geometry Proofs: A Different Approach, by Brigid at Math Giraffe website
Leading into proof writing is my favorite part of teaching a Geometry course. I really love developing the logic and process for the students. However, I have noticed that there are a few key parts of the process that seem to be missing from the Geometry textbooks.
=> Read more at Math Giraffe website
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