CAN I EXPECT MY CHILD TO DO WELL IN MATH WHEN I
NEVER DID EITHER?
Extensive research has been done in the past decade indicating that attitudes displayed by female students toward math slowly change as they mature. Typically, female students enjoy math in the early school grades, and falter in their interest and enthusiasm as they approach middle school age. The causes for this attitude change are multiple and varied.
To stop the math avoidance syndrome first evaluate the child for skills achieved and skills missing. Detailed a profile of the various skills at each grade level, then establish a studentís personal learning plan. Experience has shown that seating children at a table with a certified instructor and two or three students of similar age, each with his own prescription, achieves maximum progress if, as the lessons progress one varies the format while interacting frequently with each student and checking constantly for understanding.
As incremental successes charge the atmosphere with energy, curiosity and eagerness each student tackles progressively more difficult work and experiences success time after time, day after day. The results of constant checking for understanding, encouragement and reward bring out the fun side of learning, and a new attitude toward math. This is an excellent way to turn the tide, halt the traditions of math avoidance and pave the way to the future and all the math-related technology it will hold.
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