Learning math can be hard for kids. And helping them learn can be hard for parents, especially since math instruction today probably looks different from math when they were in school.
While we recognize that the conversation around math instruction can get a bit wonky, the shifts in math instruction were designed to help students build strong fundamental skills at earlier grades, which in turn help prepare them for higher levels of learning—all the way up to college- and career-level material.
Don’t take our word for it though. We are thrilled to have partnered with educators from the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics to create engaging – and short! – videos that show tangible examples from their classrooms. Check them out to see how teachers and parents can help students build math muscles!
Higher Standards Unlock Critical Thinking Skills
One of the best ways to understand the level of thinking and problem solving inspired by high, rigorous academic standards is to speak with teachers. Here, Angel Brown, a K-5 Math Specialist, shares a real-world example of how she’s helping kids achieve new levels of understanding.
Higher Standards Allow For Flexibility
Math might look very different than it did when you were in school, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be frustrating. Here’s a simple video from Miranda Westbrook, K-5 Math Specialist, showing various ways multiplication can be represented.
Higher Standards Help Students Make Sense of Math
Higher expectations help ensure that students develop the skills they need to be prepared to succeed in life after high school. Check out this video from Brian Lack, District K-8 Math Specialist, explains why it’s so important for students to able to “make sense of math, not just do it.”
While change can be difficult, the great news is that there are many free resources that can help parents better help their kids with their math homework.
Below are a few of our favorite math resources:
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. The Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their “math missions” guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They have also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
Learning Heroes inspires and equips parents with information, resources and opportunities to help support their child’s education. Using key insights from qualitative and quantitative research, they help parents feel empowered about their child’s education by providing them with easy-to-understand parent friendly math materials, which are delivered through multiple channels and trusted messengers. To ensure a broad reach, they partner with education, parent, and community and civil rights organizations including National PTA, National Urban League, GreatSchools, UnidosUS, National Summer Learning Association, and others, as well as states and districts.
This resource checks all the boxes for rigor! Scholastic MATH meets the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Standards. In addition to powerful math instruction, MATH also meets language arts standards with a unique blend of nonfiction reading and problem-solving practice. With in-depth resources for both math and literacy, MATH is easily one of the most engaging and effective ways to help your child.