How Math Has Changed Since You Were In School
Do you ever say to yourself, "I don't remember learning this in second grade."? Here's the rundown on what's changed since you were behind the desk.
What You Need To Know
Granted, it's been at least a decade or two since you were in school, and since then educators have made efforts to beef up the math curriculum. What's changed?
- children now study math skills and the concepts behind them
- kids are involved in investigating, applying, and interpreting mathematical reasoning
- students work together to make new discoveries
- children are tested to gauge their progress in reaching high standards
- kids work with calculators to perform complex operations, not to take the place of basic skills
- students use computers to run math-related programs
How You Can Help
Know what your child is studying in school. Talk to their teacher about the standards for their grade level. Look over the lessons in their math textbook, and help with homework.
If you have a computer, let your child play math games featuring their favorite characters on websites like pbs.org. If you don't have a computer at home, head to your local library and use one of theirs.
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