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Title: Welcome to Family Math Night ****** Elementary School


1
Welcome to Family Math Night
Elementary School
2
  • Our Core Beliefs
  • We believe that
  • 1. kids come first.
  • 2. continuous improvement is critical for
    success of the Northwest Independent School
    District.
  • 3. the success of each student is the shared
    responsibility of students, families, schools,
    and communities.
  • 4. environment influences learning.

3
Solve It
  • What is the answer to 14 16.
  • Can you explain how you got that answer?
  • Can you find the answer in a different way?

4
Try It
  • Create two sticks of cubes. The first stick
    should have 14 cubes. The second stick should
    have 16 cubes.
  • How could you group cubes from the sticks to find
    the answer easier?
  • 4610
  • 10101030

5
Traditional Math
  • Collection of rules and procedures to memorize
  • Focus is on getting the right answer
  • Only one way to get the answer
  • Only some students are good at math

John A. Van de Walle (2007)
6
How is the way we teach and learn mathematics
different?
  • Memorizing
  • procedures to
  • get an answer

Do math in a way that makes sense to the learner
Teacher centered
Student - centered
7
The goal of mathematics should be to produce
learners who are both mathematically competent
and confident. This does not come from merely
memorizing rules and procedures, but from
understanding relationships and knowing you can
make sense of information and situations you
encounter. Ruth Parker (2000)
8
Why?
  • We are living in the Conceptual Age.
  • Employers want people who can apply what they
    learn and work collaboratively.
  • Traditional math does not work for all children.
    They dont understand what they are learning.
    They just learn to do it because they are told.

9
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
  • K-5 program
  • The middle school programs follows the same
    instructional model.
  • Focuses on mathematical thinking and reasoning.

10
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
  • Teaches that there is still one correct answer.
    There are just many ways to prove the answer is
    correct.
  • Does not abandon traditional learning, just
    builds a conceptual understanding FIRST.

11
As a result of their everyday learning, students
will.
Represent their thinking using models, words and
numbers
  • Explore problems in depth

Make connections between mathematical ideas
Develop fluency efficiency, accuracy, and
flexibility
Develop problem-solving strategies
Explain their thinking
Find more than one way to solve a problem
Choose a variety of tools and technology
Learn with and through each other
12
Try It
  • Using the snap cubes at your table, try solving
    this problem through modeling
  • 28-15

13
Memorizing Facts
  • 4 x 936
  • Turn to a neighbor and explain why 4x936.
  • Learning your facts is an important skill that
    will be used in many more complex situations in
    future learning. The most important thing about
    understanding any operation is understanding why
    it works. That is our goal at Northwest ISD.

14
Understanding Why
  • 4x936
  • Many students find this fact difficult to
    memorize. To help your child understand the
    problem, ask them to break it down into smaller
    (more manageable) parts.

15
Understanding Why
  • Multiplication problems can be represented in
    arrays
  • 4 rows by 9 columns36
  • Many people can remember facts better if they can
    imagine a picture.





16
Understanding Why
  • One way to understand a fact is to break this
    fact into smaller parts.
  • Take the 4x9 array card out of your bag. Use the
    other array cards in your bag to find a
    combination of facts that will completely cover
    your 4x9 card.
  • Share your facts with a neighbor.
  • How would that be written mathematically?
  • These facts can be used to remember the answer to
    4x9.

17
12x8
  • Take out the 12x8 array card. Use the other
    array cards in your bag to find a combination of
    facts that will completely cover your 12x8 card.
  • Share your facts with a neighbor.
  • How would that be written mathematically?
  • Any of these facts can be used to remember the
    answer to 12x8.

18
Connections to Future Learning
  • This style of thinking directly correlates to
    junior high and high school algebra.
  • Algebra is about understanding number properties
    and relationships. Investigations teaching
    directly supports that.

19
Ways to support your child
  • One of the most significant things parents can
    do is to help their children understand the
    normalcy and the value of struggle in
    mathematics. Learning math ultimately comes down
    to one thing the ability, and choice, to put
    ones brain around a problem to stare past the
    confusion, and struggle forward rather than
    flee.
  • S. Sutton (1998)

20
Resources
  • Helping Your Child With Math
  • Math Games to play at home
  • Family letters
  • Websites-Many teachers have a section on their
    websites with Parent Links.
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