Navigating numeracy: Supporting Student Success in Math

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Supporting Student
Success in Math
Agenda
• Review the goal for mathematics instruction
• Process skills (Ontario Mathematics
Curriculum, 2005)
• Let’s do some Math together!
• How do I help my child? Parent resources
A Goal of Math Instruction
To develop life-long mathematicians who have the
knowledge, thinking skills, confidence and
perseverance to solve problems in their current and
future lives.
Process Expectations
(The Ontario Curriculum, 2005)
Problem Solving
Communication
Problem: ‘The Big Dinner’ – Gr. 3/4
Ms. Molloy needs to cook a BIG
dinner this week-end and she
needs to buy a turkey. At the
grocery store, the price for turkeys
is $1.25 per pound. The biggest
turkey the store has weighs 24
pounds. She needs to know how
much the turkey will cost.
Grand Avenue Students and
Teachers in Action
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Let’s do some math together…
How can you support your child?
Have a positive attitude
When working with your child on math, be as enthusiastic as possible.
This is hard if you have had bad mathematical experiences, but it is very
important. Parents, especially mothers or girls, should never, ever say, “I
was hopeless at math!”.
Jo Boaler – What’s Math Got to Do with It.
Being wrong can help you be right.
A lot of us feel frustrated when something that involves math goes
wrong. Having trouble balancing the checkbook, cutting a piece of wood
too short, or underestimating how much food you needed for a dinner
party are experiences we all have had at one time or another. You can
turn negative experiences like these into positive learning opportunities
when you talk with your child about what happened, and what you might
do differently next time around.
How can you support your child?
• Share your day-to-day math experiences
with your child, and help them notice the
mathematics around them
• playing games, puzzles, making predictions,
travelling (distances, budget)
• Support your child through homework by
listening and asking questions:
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Tell me what you know…
Show me what you started…
What can you try first?
Do you see any patterns
Can you explain that to me?
Does that answer make sense?
How can you support your child?
Encourage your child to make use of the
resources available to them:
• Notes, textbooks, teacher websites
• Classmates
• Siblings
• Dreambox (elementary)
• Homework help (7 – 10, 11-12)
• CLIPS (www.mathclips.ca)
• Gizmos (www.explorelearning.com) 7 – 12
• Mathies

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