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Family Math Night What's currently happening in math classes at Huguenot?What's currently happening in math classes at Huguenot? How can parents access resources to help students be more successful? (On-line supports, tutors, in school supports)How can parents access resources to help students be more successful? (On-line supports, tutors, in school supports) Meeting the needs of Huguenot students in mathMeeting the needs of Huguenot students in math

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Agenda IntroductionsIntroductions Breakout SessionsBreakout Sessions 1.Vocabulary and Manipulatives 2.Using your textbook 3.Smartboard

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Challenge Mary’s mother has a tendency to name her four children after U.S. coins. Her first child was named Quartaro (for quarters), the second child was Dimetrius (for dimes), the third was Nicole (for nickels), and the last child was named what? Mary’s mother has a tendency to name her four children after U.S. coins. Her first child was named Quartaro (for quarters), the second child was Dimetrius (for dimes), the third was Nicole (for nickels), and the last child was named what?

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What do we want our students to know and be able to do? Students should...... find mathematics personally useful every day.find mathematics personally useful every day. understand the mathematics they do.understand the mathematics they do. have confidence that they can make sense of mathematics if they work at it.have confidence that they can make sense of mathematics if they work at it. be able to explain and justify their thinking.be able to explain and justify their thinking. and…. and…. Students should like Students should like mathematics! mathematics!

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1 st 9 Weeks Statistics 158 9 th graders earned a D or an F.158 9 th graders earned a D or an F. 158 10 th graders earned a D or an F.158 10 th graders earned a D or an F. 116 11 th graders earned a D or an F.116 11 th graders earned a D or an F. 58 12 th graders earned a D or an F.58 12 th graders earned a D or an F.

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Why is math important? It is the most widely used subject in the world.It is the most widely used subject in the world. Every career uses some sort of math.Every career uses some sort of math. Doing math helps the mind to reason and organize complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps.Doing math helps the mind to reason and organize complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps. By knowing more math, students give themselves the competitive edge they will need to compete for these high paying jobs.By knowing more math, students give themselves the competitive edge they will need to compete for these high paying jobs.

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Why Is Math Important for Our Students? Students who take algebra and geometry go on to college at much higher rates than those who do not (83% vs. 36%). Most four-year colleges require three to four years each of high school math and science for admission. Almost 90% of all new jobs require math skills beyond the high school level. From Improving Mathematics Achievement: What Parents and Families Can Do (U.S. Department of Education)

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Challenge Given: group one contains the letters: M, T, U, V, W, Y group two contains the letters: C, D, E, K group three contains the letters: S, Z group four contains the letters: H, O, X group five contains the letters: F, G, J, L, P, Q, R Each letter of BRAIN belongs in what group?

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What Families Can Do Be positive! Link mathematics with daily life Make mathematics fun Learn about mathematics related careers Have high expectations Support homework

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Parental Concerns Keeping students interested is more challenging Struggling to remain involved and aware Harder time getting to know multiple teachers May not be as comfortable with the mathematics your child is learning Your child may not want you to be as involved as previously

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Your support is just as important as in the elementary school years! Help your child develop good study habits and time- management skills. Help your child choose a regular time for studying. Talk openly with your child about the importance of school and any problems or conflicts he may be having. Continue to set limits in such areas as the amount of time spent watching television, time spent at a part-time job, and curfew on a school night. Encourage your child not to be afraid to ask for help from the teacher or another student.

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Family involvement is an essential element for a student’s success in mathematics. You are one of your child’s most valuable resources.

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