Have you ever questioned why you’re teaching so many different ways to do division and multiplication or even addition and subtraction?
Math these days requires us to teach a lot of different strategies for solving problems, and this can cause a lot of frustration to parents and teachers alike. I want to use this episode to explain why new math teaches kids so many different strategies and why I think it’s a good thing.
The reality is that new math is not new. It teaches strategies that strong mathematicians have been using in their heads for a long time. However, it looks different from the way that we were taught math when we were younger. Most of us were taught that there’s one right way to solve each problem. Guess what? That’s why so many people think they’re bad at math!
This episode will help you understand the reasoning behind new math and teach you how to communicate with parents so that they can understand too.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Different strategies for solving math equations
- Helping your students do math in their heads
- Redefining what it means to be good at math
- Why we teach multiple strategies
- The most efficient way to teach math
- Meeting your students in the middle
- The importance of communicating with parents
- Why it’s so important to me to teach these strategies
I hope this helps you to see that just because you were taught a certain way, doesn’t necessarily mean it was the best way. I hope it also helps you understand why new math is taught the way it is.
If I had been taught math this way, I would have been a lot more successful at it when I was in school. That’s why it’s so important to me that we teach our kids differently now.
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