Can we repair school mathematics in the US?

For years I’ve been involved in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and I was stunned by reports of the abysmal performance of our best high school seniors on the mathematics examination given to them and their peers from twenty other countries, is very important to me. On general math skills these US seniors, some of whom are taking calculus, came in 19th in the 21-nation field, surpassing only Cyprus and South Africa. Our performance was really worse than it sounds because, as John Leo notes in the US News and World Report, If the Asian countries who ordinarily score very high on TIMSS exams, had participated, we might have been fighting for 39th place in a field of 41. Now NCTM policies, as expressed in their three Standards reports, have dominated American mathematics classrooms since well before these seniors entered high school. The first of these reports Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for […]

Comprehending Technical Math Reading: What Is Technical Material?

Technical reading involves focusing on writing that communicates specific information. This information is in a large variety of formats from directions, memos, reports, letters, proposals, prescriptions, to charts, graphs, and spreadsheets. These formats may be very unfamiliar to the reader who is used to typical fiction and nonfiction patterns and structures. Being able to read technical writing is a literacy that everyone must have. Skills Needed for Technical Reading Following step by step directions. Being able to read and comprehend multiple step directions. Being aware of highly technical vocabulary– each technical field has its own jargon. Being able to read succinct writing– technical writing is often written in brief phrases or incomplete sentences. Using reading as a tool to accomplish a task. Reading critically and reasoning. Problem-solving ability. Reading numbers, symbols, graphics. Being aware of one’s prior knowledge and background experience in order to monitor one’s understanding. Recognizing the various formats Step-by-step directions. Text that […]

High School Math

High school is the time which asks parents and educator to be very careful about the teenager students. The main topics in the high school math include: Mastering the order of operations involving fractions, exponents, and parentheses. Understanding and applying the basic algebraic concepts such as algebraic expressions, polynomials, equations such as linear equations and quadratic equations. Introduction to trigonometry and application of trigonometric ratios in other areas of math. Coordinate geometry including lines, circles, and conics. Application of lines such as slopes in daily life situations or in physics. Mesuration such as finding the surface area and volume of simple three-dimensional shapes and composite figures. Best method for factoring polynomials

Parents and Teachers Foster Reading & Math Comprehension – Responsibility

Students need to learn that they need to and are expected to take responsibility for understanding (comprehending) what they have read. AT HOME AT SCHOOL Don’t always give your child the word or the meaning. Let the child problem solve. Ask him/her, “What can you do to figure this meaning or word out?” Teach students strategies for comprehending and then expect them to use these strategies. Let children make choices about what they will read and how they will engage with what they are reading. Modeling a comprehension strategy to give students guided practice. Gradually give students more responsibility for becoming independent in the reading process. How Parents and Teachers Foster Reading & Math Comprehension – Feedback

Parents and Teachers Foster Reading & Math Comprehension – Opportunities

Students need opportunities to use and practice what they have learned. Students need lots of time to practice the process of expecting that text will make sense when they read. AT HOME AT SCHOOL Make sure that you read to and with your children at least 20 minutes a day. Give your child encouragement as he/she reads and tries to problem solve. Create a variety of opportunities to read both assigned material and self-selected material everyday. For additional information see Language & Math Reading Development and Struggling Readers and Decoding Print: Approximations: How Parents and Teachers Foster Reading & Math Comprehension – Approximations Students must realize that when they are learning about comprehension, they will make approximations. This word means that they will make mistakes, which are essential for learning and understanding to occur. No one knows how to do a new skill immediately. Students learn as they practice.

High Utility Math Word Families

I’m not only addressing Math Issues, but let’s see if you can discover some mathematical analogies in the following phonological listings. Good Luck !!! Sounds are often stable in the part of the word from the vowel forward, known as the rime. Ninety-five (95)% of the 286 phonograms that appear in primary grade-level texts are consistent. Thirty-seven (37) most common rimes have been identified that form 500 words through the substitution of onsets. These rimes are also known as word families. Most Useful Rimes:The following rimes are useful for children when learning to read and more useful than learning rules and generalizations because the brain formulates ideas in patterns:

Best method for factoring polynomials

Students in grade nine or grade ten need to know factoring polynomials as an important segment of their algebra study. At this page, I am giving an overall approach to learning how to factor polynomials. You should know the following points very well to make factoring polynomials easy: 1. Greatest Common Factor (gcf): Students should have basic understanding of gcf of two numbers. For example; gcf of 3 and 6 is 3, the gcf of 6 and 9 is 3 as well and gcf of 15 and 20 is 5. (By the way gcf is the greatest number which can divide the both numbers) That was grade five work, as we are talking grades nine and ten here, therefore you should know the following as well: gcf of “4 and 8” is 4. gcf of “4a and 8a” is “4a”. gcf of “4a² and 8a” is again 4a. 2. Factoring the polynomial by pulling gcf […]

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade Math Worksheets

We developed our 2nd grade math worksheets keeping in mind that not all students learn the same way. So, keeping that in mind, we made the 2nd grade math worksheets a little different to make them student friendly. Most of the concepts in grade two math are the expansion of the concepts learned in grade one. By this time they have learned a lot about their community and about all around them. They are ready to do 2nd grade math worksheets. They become very familiar with the teachers and their classmates. Their bodies grown little more and they start to pretend that they know everything, which is normal for this age. Now this is the time for parents to start balancing the study time with other activities like outside play, video games or the cartoon shows. Something to mention here is that, at this stage, kids needs the outside activity at maximum then social knowledge, […]

Math Worksheets

Math worksheets are the most important and effective method to practice and master the math skills learned from a teacher or a tutor provided that, these worksheets are designed by a math expert. Mathfriendly contains thousands of math pages created by hand, not by a computer software, which means we take care about the student’s grade level and understanding level on each problem in each and every math worksheet we create. All the math worksheets and math lessons are created based on our 16 years of experience teaching math. Out students include from all grade levels and with different levels of understanding towards math. Hence we are aware of the math problems kids have in specific grades on particular topics. Right now we have finished creating math worksheets for KG to grade two and working on the higher grades content. There will be continuous work on this site to improve and add math worksheets on […]