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What families can do to help students succeed in math (Middle School)

Math StudentHave a positive attitude about math
When helping a child with homework or talking about math in general, talk about the usefulness of math. We use math everyday!

Link math to everyday life
Mathematics develops logical thinking and problem-solving skills, which help students, understand and function in the world around them.

  • Read schedules: TV Guide, Bus Transportation, for information
  • Look at Data: Newspaper and magazines have tables and graphs daily. Have your child to explain what is shown in the data.
  • Maps: Look at maps before a trip. Scale Factors. Calculate cost of gasoline mileage.
  • Have student help with budget information: Have them shop for items, compare costs of items. How much is saved at 10%off.

Make math fun

Math Resources / Tools

Questions to ask your child’s teacher:

  • What mathematics will be taught in this class?
  • What textbooks and other technologies will be used in this class?
  • What supplies will my child need ? (Calulator, compass, ruler Etc.)
  • What tests will my child encounter during the year?  Classroom, District, State levels?
  • How much homework can we expect per night? Week?
  • How do you determine grades? (Percent: Homework, tests, Quiz Etc)
  • Can you tell me of homework help websites or hotlines?
  • What is the best way to get a hold of you?

Homework staging questions for parents

  • What do you already know about the problem?
  • Do you have similar problems to look at?
  • Can you draw a picture or diagram?
  • What do you already know to help you solve the problem?
  • Can you solve it by using a calculator?
  • Who can you call on to get help?
  • Where can we look for help on the internet?
  • What is the number to the homework hotline?
  • One of the most important rules of thumb: Don’t do your child’s homework for them.

 

 





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