## Five Free Assessment Tools For Teachers

Your students might disagree, but quizzes are a teacher’s best friend. Not only are they an effective study tool, they’re also perfect for providing snapshots of your class’ progress on a particular topic. The results of a well-placed quiz can help steer and pace your lessons to ensure that everyone is learning. So how do […]

## Do Students Need Algebra?

It’s no secret that algebra is the bane of many students’ lives. Failure rates for high schoolers across US states reach as high as 82%, and even among students who elect to take the subject, failure rates of 50% are common. Algebra – along with other advanced math subjects – is frequently listed as one of […]

## Common Core Math Lessons…For Parents

There have been a few interesting responses to Common Core math in the last year. There was the engineer who couldn’t do his son’s homework, the father who posted a check using ten-frame cards (a common-core tool) and the child who was marked down for a seemingly correct answer. But perhaps one of the most interesting […]

## How To Help With Homework

Parents have recently acquired a poor reputation in the realm of math homework.One study suggested that parental meddling does not improve their child’s results and their involvement in helping with Common Core has resulted in a lot of irritation for everyone. However, that does not mean that parents shouldn’t help with homework. In fact, there […]

## Using Models vs. Drawing Pictures

Recently, there has been a lot of pushback from parents and students alike about the use of models in the math classroom. I believe that much of this stems from a misconception that a model must be in the form of a picture or diagram. There are times when a model is in the form […]

## Common Core’s Common Problem: When 5×3≠3×5

Once again Common Core has hit the headlines, distressing us commoners and confusing us about everything we think we know with respect to math. What was the offending issue?  Well it was simple: “Use the repeated addition strategy to solve : 5 x 3.” Easy, right? Math that potentially I could do. Not so fast… The child answered 15, with […]

## Long Lasting Effects of Math Anxiety

Parents like myself, who thought that they have washed their hands off math homework on the last day of high school, will be saddened to know that incomprehensible math is once again their problem. And, if you believe social media, the situation is far more dire than it was in our day, largely due to […]