## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## Five Ways to Prep Parents for This Year’s Math

Not only is it time to welcome students back to school, it’s time to welcome back their parents as well. Here are five things that you can do to help parents understand the math curriculum you’ll be covering for the year and things they can do to help their children. Let parents know what you’ll […]