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Kids Don’t Hate Math; They Hate Being Frustrated

Chicago Tribune

As states implement college- and career-ready education standards, math instruction can look a lot different than methods parents grew up under. Common Core puts a greater focus on “understanding a concept completely,” says Amy Kinder, a math specialist. “That’s very foreign to how people were taught in the past.” A “math check” by the Collaborative for Student Success explains that’s not a bad thing; schools are teaching multiple problem-solving approaches, which help students build fluency with numbers and operations. Students are still required to know traditional methods, like the standard algorithms and multiplication tables. The article offers several suggestions for how parents can support their kids, like brushing up on the basics, asking questions and opening themselves up to learn and work alongside teachers.

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