1. How Parents Can Help with Math Homework | Hechinger Report

    How Parents Can Help with Math Homework | Hechinger Report

    Here is how parents can help their students with math homework even when they don't understand Common Core math. 

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    1. The most important rule as a parent is to make sure it gets done. I may not have time to do an impromptu lesson on math but I can make sure everything is completed.
    2. The math instruction on the part of parents should be low. The teacher is there to explain the curriculum.
    3. She was so frustrated that listening to me was not going to happen so I encouraged her to walk away from the assignment.
    4. If they are struggling with homework, that warrants a deeper conversation.
    5. If you don't know how to do it, ask your child to teach you, to show you how it's done.
    6. In the past, I might have sent home worksheets with 40 problems, now it's a couple of problems and the student has to show multiple ways of how they solved the problem. That can be frustrating for parents because they just want them to get the answer.
    7. It's when it looks more different. It's not just counting beans.
    8. The one thing we can reinforce as parents is that it's ok for children to struggle. This is hard work. It takes time and patience.
    9. Don't be surprised if you learn it differently in school.
    10. If I can't do the homework with them, who can?
    11. When parents are frustrated, it's important that educators listen to them, but they can't listen unless the parents talk to them, Venting is one thing but if you really want to solve the problem the way to do that is to start with the child's teacher.
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