There were several lively conversations this last week during conferences about math.
OLD Math vs. NEW Math
Many of you expressed frustration about understanding what it all means. We discussed that even though it is a challenge at times how fun it is to see our students understanding and growing in their understanding of math.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for all the help you are providing your children in understanding math. Even though it may be difficult, thank you for keeping a positive attitude and trying for your children. Often as I am teaching math I think about how it is difficult to teach them to this greater understanding and believe me there are moments when I want to give up and just teach them the silly rhymes I learned in school about how to multiply but I know that as they work to understand the math they are building their confidence and ability to try new things.
We are all becoming flexible thinkers!
So thank you again for all you help as we explore math in a new and often challenging way.