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    Eureka Math book cover5th grade teacher Lauren Martin gave the following presentation at the STEM K-8 PTA meeting on January 24, 2018. It provides details of our school's transition to Eureka Math, and expectations for Common Core Mathematics.

    Math Conversations

    Common Classroom Activities

    What is a number talk?

    • Short discussions among a teacher and students about how to solve a particular mental math problem.
    • The focus is not on the correct answer, but on all the possible methods of finding the answer.
    • Each student has a chance to explain their method, and everyone else will learn from other people's methods!
    • This is one of the best ways to increase fluency and flexible thinking.

    What is fluency?

    Being able to do “math facts” flexibly, accurately, and efficiently. We want students to have a strong number sense: “an intuitive understanding of numbers, their magnitude, relationships, and how they are affected by operations”

    This does not mean fast! Some of the best mathematicians in history have been considered “slow” and were even labeled as such in school.

    Common core and the Mathematical Practices

    One of the biggest changes from “old math” to “new math” is that correct answers alone are not enough.

    Students are expected to develop the 8 Mathematical Practices in order to prepare them for “21st Century Jobs”

    How Can I Help?

    Encourage children to play maths puzzles and games

    Always be encouraging and never tell kids they are wrong when they are working on math problems. Instead find the logic in their thinking –

    Never associate math with speed. Forcing kids to work quickly on maths is the best way to start math anxiety for children.

    Never share with your children the idea that you were bad at math at school or you dislike it.

    Encourage number sense. What separates high and low achievers is number sense.

    Perhaps most important of all – encourage a “growth mindset” let students know that they have unlimited math potential and that being good at math is all about working hard.