Name: Jordan D
School: Shadow Mountain High School
Grade Level: 12th Grade
During my time as a middle school math educator, you would not believe the number of times I was asked, “Why do I have to learn this? How is it going to help me in life?” Not that I could turn every math lesson into a life lesson, but these questions reminded me that math is all around us and that the more I can engage students in real-life situations, the more they will enjoy in the learning process and remember the concepts.
There are several shifts in the way fractions are presented in grades three through six, in the new Common Core Standards. Recently, Education Weekhas published several articles about these changes; however, as long ago as August of 2011 other sources, such as Hung-Hsi Wu, have published related information.
Math is a subject that kids dread the most. If they don’t “get it”, they shut down and stop trying to learn new concepts. Once children lose confidence in their math abilities, it is really challenging to pull them back in. One of the most important steps to get your child back on track with math is to make sure they have a solid foundation with basic skills.