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Yes, I Can Help My Child I really can!

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Expert Panel Report www.edu.gov.on.ca Select English or French Select ‘Publications’ Select ‘Reports’ Scroll to Adobe Acrobat Files: Leading Math Success – Mathematical Literacy, Grades 7-12

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Expert Panel report: “All students can learn and be confident in mathematics given appropriate support and time.” Pair / Share Discussion

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Research … Children learn math best when they: collaboratively explore and communicate use technologies and concrete materials – computers, calculators, manipulatives make connections to their world engage in activities to strengthen their understanding

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Changes … Textbooks and learning materials Types of questions posed Types of responses needed Assessment and grading Uses of class time

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Yes, I can … Talk about math in positive ways I’m sure you will understand if you… Let’s figure it out together. I could never do the math either. Don’t worry about the math.

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Yes, I can … Share daily/weekly/monthly math experiences with my child

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Discuss … Video and computer games Television shows (learning channel,...) Travelling (calculating distances, destination estimation, budget, gas prices, …) Banking (loans, mortgages, interests, …)

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Home Activities … Play games - Chess, Checkers, Cribbage, Bridge, Euchre, Memory Games, Backgammon, …. Make puzzles. Involved your child with shopping. Engage in the mathematics of cooking and baking. Plan and execute home renovations.

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Yes, I can … Support my child through homework challenges by listening and asking questions

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Yes, I can … Allow my child to struggle through the process of problem solving Discuss mistakes as learning opportunities

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Questions to Ask … What do you need to find out? Tell me what you know? Show me what you started? What can you try first? Can you make a drawing or picture? Will a list or table help?

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More Questions … Why did you…? What can you do next? Do you see any patterns? Does the answer make sense? Tell me in a different way… What would happen if…?

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Problem-Solving Strategies Guess and check Look for a pattern Make a diagram or model Act it out Work backwards Simplify the problem Eliminate possibilities Make a systematic list Get advise or research Sleep on it

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Research … “Traditional algorithms are an essential part of mathematics learning and should be taught, but only after students have developed understanding of the concept and shared their own approaches to the problem.” (Kamii and Dominick, 1997; Van de Walle, 2001)

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Prompts … Ask your child to show you how he/she is finding the answer. Share your method. Explain to each other why your different methods are successful. Providing shortcuts for getting the answer might hinder deeper student understanding.

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Internet Sites … www.nctm.org/families www.mathforum.org/parents/citizens.html (Dr. Math) www.amathdictionaryforkids.com http://dev.edunetcommect.com/peelsecondary www.tvo.org/eureka (ask a teacher) www.mathadventures.com www.purplemath.com (lessons & tutorials) www.mathonline.com

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Yes, I Can Help My Child I really can!

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