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More about Word Problems!

Posted by Mollie Shaw on

How can I help my student think clearly about word problems in math?   The confusion often lies in the fact that academic language can sometimes use words which are commonly used in everyday language, but in math, they mean something quite precise or even different.  For example, the word 'difference' is a word students know to mean 'not the same as'.  However, in mathematics, the word 'difference' is the solution to a subtraction problem.   The steps that I mentioned in my last blog post about word problems are these: 1. Read!  Have the student read aloud the word problem, in...

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Those pesky word problems!

Posted by Mollie Shaw on

Kids get lost in the tangle of the words in those pesky word problems.   

Here are some steps for solving word problems:  Remember, the one doing the talking is the one doing the learning!

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Finding it hard to help with your child's math homework? Try this: make it meaningful.

Posted by Mollie Shaw on

Have you ever been in the situation where you can easily do your child's math homework, but you cannot figure out how to explain it to him or her? Here is a way to help.

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Help! I can't help my kid with math! Concrete to Symbolic

Posted by Mollie Shaw on

Math is learned in three stages:  concrete, representational and abstract.  Take the time to move your student back to the concrete and representational  presentations of  the math problems and they will develop conceptual understanding of the math strategies. Keep those popsicle sticks around for a few more years and they will come in handy!

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