The message that every little girl wants to hear from her father: 1. Daddy, when we're apart, I miss you and I hope you miss me too. 2. Tell me I matter to you. 3. Tell me you're proud of me. Even when you think I know this, tell me anyway. 4. Re-affirm me that I'm worth it. 5. Daddy, be there for me.
A www.door2math.com production. In this video I talk about my experience with girls and math struggle. Girls tend to memorize math facts which leads to math success in the lower grades but math problems after 6th grade. Critical thinking skills and figuring things out is the long term path to success and I talk about how word problems can be used to change the mindset.
A www.door2math.com production. When we look at the math topics that need to be mastered by our 6th graders, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged - there are many different math topics and it’s difficult to tell which ones are essential and need to be mastered so our kids can continue to be successful with math after 6th grade. From working over 400+ families and with dozens of different types of math curricula, I believe all that clutter taught to our kids in this age group can be...
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When it comes to math, or other topics that can be complex, a student may want to try things her way rather than the “right” way. For us parents, we have a natural tendency to stop our child right away and show her the “correct” way. In this podcast we discuss why it’s important to let the student try the problem her way and see where she’s right and wrong to help her develop critical thinking skills and to honor her ideas.
Parents of 1st and 2nd grade students sometimes ask what are the things to watch out for when it comes math as kids go through the elementary grades. In this podcast we talk about the six things to watch out for: - adding on fingers - doing the multiplication table from the top down - trouble with fractions - trouble with percentages - bad grades in the 7-8th grade - messy backpack
When a child starts having a bad attitude towards math, this is a warning sign and a parent can intervene. In this podcast we talk about a 4 step process that a parent can use to help their child when they have a bad attitude towards math. The steps are: 1. Get the emotions on a piece of paper and crumble them. 2. Split up the work into smaller time chunks. 3. Celebrate every accomplishment. 4. Look for the milestone when a child says they want to do better.
When kids have math struggle, there are several emotions and causes jumbled up in the distress. In this podcast we discuss what parents can do to to untangle the emotions and causes when kids come home with math distress.
When parents have fears about math, they can unintentionally dump them on their kids and continue the cycle. In this episode we talk about how to identify these fears and what can be done to prevent the parent from being a fear garbage truck.
When having an argument with a child about what classes to take, the solution is usually not at the end of a straight line. In this podcast we discuss how parents can first work through a child’s emotions when searching for a solution and only then go to the logical decisions.
When kids are having a hard time with math, learning math can be compared to swallowing bitter medicine. This is why drug makers coat the medicine with an easy to swallow substance. The same analogy can be used with math. In this podcast we talk about several different ways that parents can make math easier to swallow for their kids.
A power struggle often happens with parents when kids are not able to concentrate on math homework or on other subjects. In this podcast se discuss strategies to help kids with concentration including breaking down the homework sessions into smaller chunks.
When one child comes home with a good math grade and her sibling comes home with a bad math grades, parents can often be at a loss. In this podcast we discuss how to foster a cooperative environment instead, having a success journal and emphasizing learning rather than grades.
When a child comes home with a negative statement about math (I suck at math), we as parents often freeze because we may have had the same feelings when we were kids. In this podcast, we introduce the THINK process to work through math anxiety with your child. THINK stands for: Is it TRUE? Is he/she HONEST? Get INSIDE his/her reality. Have new INTERPRETATIONS. KEEP the most powerful interpretation.
In this podcast we continue our discussion on how parents can best help their kids with common core math. We talk about the best outside resources for parents who are not able to take on helping their kids with common core themselves.
This is part 2 of a 3 part series. When parents decide that they want to help their kids with the math common core curriculum at home, they can follow the ACE process. A - Awareness C - Commitment E- Execution We discuss each of the steps in the podcast.
In this episode we talk about best ways to approach common core as parents when it is taught in your child’s school. It is a different way to do math and parents need to decide whether to help their kids at home or to find an outside resource to help their kids. One way to decide is for the parents to take an 8th grade math exam based on common core and see how they do.