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Five Questions to Ask Your Child’s Math Teacher
Sep 19, 2018
Autumn is rife with change – cooler weather, a new school year, and hectic schedules packed with sports practice, games and school-related events. October, in particular, is a crucial month in your child’s school year, as progress reports and teacher conferences give great insight into your student’s academic performance.
Tracking a child’s progress in school is a good way to identify if he/she is at risk academically and to address how parents can participate in their student’s learning. Asking teachers good questions can help parents understand what struggles a student may be facing, making it easier to address problems early on.
1. What are my child’s specific strengths and weaknesses in math?
Knowing which concepts are challenging your student can help you provide additional support. At times, students may struggle with only a few concepts that prevent them from understanding the full picture. By being proactive, parents can provide the right math help for their child, alleviating unnecessary stress at home and in the classroom.
2. Do you think that my child is not answering questions because of computation mistakes or because he/she is not understanding the concepts?
The difference between lack of understanding and simple computation mistakes is important. Lack of understanding may mean that core concepts need to be reinforced and practiced. Computation mistakes can often be addressed by reinforcing the importance of focus and attention during tests and homework, and by encouraging them to check their work.
3. What are the most important ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the quarter, semester or year?
Knowing which concepts your child is expected to master can prevent them from falling behind the next school year. Getting additional math help both during the school year and the summer months can help ensure your child succeeds, preventing learning loss and unnecessary stress.
4. Is there any further information I can provide to you that may help?
If your child struggles with test anxiety or has had trouble with certain concepts in the past, it’s important to let the teacher know. Math success is a team effort between students, parents, teachers, and community resources that are available to help.
5. How can I support their math learning at home?
It’s possible that your child’s math teacher has ideas you may not have considered. Practicing math at home with your child can be extremely beneficial, especially if a teacher has suggestions for how to best reinforce concepts taught in the classroom.