# Mathnasium of Villages of Westcreek's Top 5 Moments!

Apr 17, 2023 | Villages of Westcreek

1. Our favorite “aha!” moment with a student.

A: Teaching the concept of unity in the context of finding equivalent fractions can indeed be a powerful way to help students grasp the concept more easily. By demonstrating that multiplying or dividing a fraction by one does not change its value, students can see the connection between equivalent fractions and the concept of unity.

When students realize that they can multiply or divide both the numerator and denominator of a fraction by the same number without changing its value, it simplifies the process of finding equivalent fractions. This understanding brings clarity and confidence to their fraction comprehension.

Witnessing the "light bulb" moment when students truly grasp the concept is a rewarding experience for educators. It shows the impact of effective teaching methods and the joy of seeing students become more comfortable and proficient in working with fractions. Keep up the great work in fostering that understanding and enthusiasm for math!

2. A time when a student earned a reward.

A: Maddie's dedication and perseverance in working for over eight months to earn a pair of air pods demonstrate her commitment and determination. Waiting patiently and putting in the effort to achieve a goal is a valuable life lesson. Receiving the air pods just in time for her spring break trip must have been an incredibly joyful moment for Maddie. Experiences like these can teach important life lessons about goal-setting, delayed gratification, and the value of hard work. Maddie's story serves as an inspiration to others, showing the rewards that come from patience, dedication, and perseverance.

3. Positive parent experience.

A: Here are some reviews from parents:

"Love the staff here! My son went from a C in Math to an A within 6 months." - SB

"They are really doing wonders with my daughter and her understanding of math concepts. I would highly recommend sending your child here." - CM

"My son has been enrolled in Mathnasium for about 2 months. I have already received feedback from his teachers letting me know that his confidence has improved and that there is a big change in his attitude. His grade in math went from a 70 to an 84. I am so happy that I decided to sign him up for Mathnasium!" - GF

"This place is amazing! All who work there are very involved with working with each student, making it a point to make sure students are prepared and ready for school. Pleased with the outcome and what is to follow." PG

4. Favorite ways to teach concepts.

A: My favorite to teach and one of the most confusing for the students is adding and subtracting integers. Using a number line and relating it to the concept of receiving or paying money is an excellent way to help students understand the concept of negative numbers and their relationship to positive numbers.

By visualizing the number line, students can see the relative positions of positive and negative integers and understand that their values are determined by their distance from zero. Connecting the idea of owing money (negative integers) to having less money helps reinforce the concept that negative values represent a decrease or a deficit.

Additionally, linking the number line to addition and subtraction helps clarify when to add or subtract integers. Students can see that moving to the right on the number line represents addition or gaining, while moving to the left represents subtraction or losing.

This approach not only provides a concrete and relatable context for learning, but it also helps students grasp the concepts of positive and negative integers more effectively

5. A time when a student scored well on a test.

A: We assisted a student in preparing for the SAT, and as a result of our preparation, she achieved a remarkable score increase of 120 points. When combined with her GPA, this significant improvement secured her automatic admission into Texas A&M University. Currently, she is concluding her first year as a freshman and has set her sights on pursuing a career in the medical field.