Stay in the Loop

One of my biggest pieces of advice is something we all know but maybe aren’t doing as well as we could. Keep parents in the loop! I have written about this before but I cannot express it enough how much better the school year will be if you have established and healthy lines of communication with the parents of your students. I need to let you in on a not-so-secret-secret: LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF MATH! You may even be one of them. As teachers we all know that we are required to “wear many hats” as the expression goes. It is one thing to help with the anxiety of a child learning something new, but we also can’t forget about the parents. Common core is like a swear word in some parental circles and I have discovered that this is largely due to the fact that there is a lot of misinformation out there. As a teacher you can help rectify this. You can be the source of correct information! One thing I am planning on doing this year is holding a parent workshop with my grade level to specifically go over math standards with the parents and give them real strategies they can do at home to help improve their child’s math skills. The beauty of common core is that it’s so mindful of making sure kids know why they are learning something and how they can and will use it in real life. Busy parents can incorporate math in many ways at home they just sometimes need to be showed how. Simple things like setting the table (counting how many plates there are, etc.) or going on “Number Hunts” are quick, fun ways to work on math that go beyond traditional homework. Knowledge is power and by working hard to inform the parents of your students you empower them and reduce anxiety they might harbor around math and in turn they become better teachers to their children. It’s a win-win-win!

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