5 ways parents can help children with the ‘new’ math

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Many parents have had to play the role of a substitute math teacher during the pandemic. damircudic/E+ via Getty Images TAGSAnxietyChildrenCommon CoreCOVID-19EducationMathNate BargatzeNew MathParentsThe Conversationtips Previous articleDistracted driving crashes kill nine people per dayNext articleCarmakers’ new designs make electric vehicles green and sexy; Florida holds 2nd largest piece of EV market Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name herecenter_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Clarissa A. Thompson, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Kent State University ; Lauren K. Schiller, , Teachers College, Columbia University, and Marta Mielicki, Postdoctoral research associate, Kent State UniversityIn his March 2021 Netflix special, comedian Nate Bargatze complains about having to teach his kids a confusing “new math” based on standards known as the Common Core.“The goal of Common Core is to use one sheet of paper for every problem,” Bargatze jokes. He observes that this new math requires people to “keep breaking the problem down.”“You put the problem at the top, and it just keeps going,” Bargatze says. “And then what’s funnier is you see old math in the middle of it. As you break it down, old math gets in there and you’re like, ‘Oh, just do that at the top.’ I don’t even know what we’re doing.”Comedian Nate Bargatze tells a joke about Common Core math during his comedy special.Math worriesBargatze is by no means alone in his frustration. Since many schools went largely remote during the COVID-19 pandemic, countless parents, me included, are becoming burnt out as we find ourselves thrust into the role of substitute math teacher.Why does this so-called new math – which has actually been around for over a decade – draw so much scorn from parents?This new math is based on a list of standards that students should master within each grade. It’s different from “old math” in that the standards focus not only on the step-by-step procedures to solve math problems, but also on why those procedures work in the first place. The idea is to teach the procedures in such a way that children can apply this knowledge to future math problems that they encounter – both at school and in real-life contexts.For instance, in solving the multiplication problem, 312 x 23, parents historically might line the problem up and start multiplying from right to left. We were told that we had to include the 0 on the right under 936, but I don’t recall ever being told why. But under the Common Core standards, students are encouraged to break the problem down into hundreds, tens and ones. This newfangled way to do the math makes it more transparent where the answer, 7,176, and that mystery 0 come from.Overcoming math anxietyAs Bergatze’s stand-up bit points out, this new math has triggered some parents’ “math anxiety” – a common apprehension that can impair math performance, many studies show.Researchers haven’t completely figured out how to eliminate math anxiety. But as a researcher who studies why people hate math, I believe there are steps parents can take to combat any negative attitudes they may have toward math and to improve children’s math understanding. Five of those steps are listed below.1. Point out math in everyday lifeMath learning doesn’t happen just in classrooms. Parents can draw children’s attention to math all around them. They can talk about math in the grocery store or at the bus stop. One idea is to incorporate positive math talk while reading books with our children, even if the books don’t inherently include numbers. For example, even though the classic children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” doesn’t include counting or comparing how much the caterpillar eats each day, parents can insert guiding scenarios like “The very hungry caterpillar ate 4 strawberries. Let’s count them. 1-2-3-4. Did the caterpillar eat more plums or strawberries?” This is a “two-for-one deal” that could help time-strapped parents promote literacy and numeracy.Playing Chutes and Ladders can help children learn to identify, compare and estimate numbers. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images2. Play board games and card gamesChildren can learn about math as they play fun board games, such as Chutes and Ladders, and card games, like war. Research has shown that playing board games pays off. One study found that while low-income families played board games less at home than middle-income families, even one hour of board-game play across a period of two weeks increased low-income children’s math performance to the level of their middle-income peers.3. Break math down step by stepTo help kids avoid the COVID slide, a major dip in math performance occurring during the pandemic, parents can break down math problems step by step. As they learn the procedure at each step children can then better understand how to get to the correct answer, or where they made a mistake along the way.4. Draw connections to more familiar and well-liked mathParents can also help children understand more difficult math concepts, such as fractions, by drawing connections to more familiar, well-liked and less anxiety-provoking math, such as whole numbers or percentages. For instance, parents can show that ¾ – that is, three-fourths – is the same as 75 out of 100, or 75%. Parents can draw a connection to money, too. There are four quarters in a dollar. Each quarter is worth 25 cents. That means that three out of four quarters is worth 75 cents.5. Avoid negative math attitudesThis recommendation goes hand in hand with our first recommendation. Parents should seek out opportunities to talk about math at every chance they get, but they should avoid negative math talk. Many an American will freely admit to being “not a math person”. These off-the-cuff remarks can have serious consequences for children, who soak up information in their environments.Math-anxious teachers and parents can transmit their anxiety to children, especially girls. Girls and women have higher math anxiety, which could be one reason they have lower math performance and less confidence when estimating numbers and are less likely than men to pursue STEM careers.I hope parents embrace their new role as math tutors, because it seems as if home schooling will continue throughout the spring for many students. It shouldn’t go unmentioned that kids aren’t all that enamored with their home-school teachers either. Some may even hope they won’t have the same teacher next year.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Arizona State pulls away to beat Utah 83-64

first_img Associated Press Tags: Arizona State Sun Devils/Pac-12/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Written by January 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Arizona State pulls away to beat Utah 83-64 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRob Edwards scored 24 points, Remy Martin added 20 and Arizona State pulled away to beat Utah 83-64.The Sun Devils were roughed up in a physical loss to No. 20 Colorado on Thursday and had to fight through a stop-and-start game against the Utes.Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak was ejected after being hit with consecutive technical fouls and Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley was also T’d up in a tense second half.Timmy Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Utes.last_img read more

BYU to face Navy in prime-time Labor Day matchup on ESPN

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (Aug. 6, 2020)—BYU will open the 2020 football season in a nationally featured game on ESPN against the Naval Academy on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. MDT.  “We are very excited for the opportunity to play the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. “It’s always an honor and a privilege to play against a service academy, like we did annually for many years with Air Force. We first played the Midshipmen in the inaugural Holiday Bowl in 1978. The opportunity to visit Navy’s hallowed campus will be an amazing experience for our football team.”The Labor Day contest is part of a two-game series with Navy. Details for the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium will be announced at a later date.  The 2019 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy champion, Navy is coming off an 11-2 season that included a 7-1 resume as the West Division co-champions in the American Athletic Conference. The Midshipmen defeated Kansas State in the 2019 Liberty Bowl to tie the Naval Academy record of 11 wins and finish the season ranked No. 20 in both the final national polls. “Speaking on behalf of our players and coaches, we are extremely excited for this opportunity to play Navy on Labor Day to open the 2020 season and appreciate all the work put in by Tom Holmoe and Navy to schedule this game,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said. “Navy plays great football and we have the utmost appreciation and respect for all of the sacrifices the members of the military academies make on all of our behalf. Ken (Nuimatalolo) is a great football coach and a personal friend who I have known since I was young and always admired both as a person and as a coach. We are looking forward to the matchup.” The Labor Day game will mark the third meeting between BYU and Navy. The two teams met in the inaugural Holiday Bowl in 1978 with Navy coming away with a 23-16 victory. BYU gained revenge in 1989 when the Cougars traveled to Annapolis and won 31-10.The Cougars and Midshipmen will also participate in the first true night game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since 2005, when Navy lost a hard fought 40-38 game to Stanford.Prior to recent schedule changes made by the FBS conferences in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BYU was slated to face rival Utah in its opener while Navy was originally scheduled to face Notre Dame in a series that had taken place each season since 1927—the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football at 93 games. BYU will continue to announce additional games for the 2020 season as they are finalized.  Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Navy Midshipmen August 6, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local BYU to face Navy in prime-time Labor Day matchup on ESPN Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Rep Farrington Pilot program will help veterans looking for jobs address medical

first_img04Oct Rep. Farrington: Pilot program will help veterans looking for jobs, address medical staff shortage Categories: Diana Farrington News The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today approved state Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan creating a pilot program allowing military medical personnel to practice under the supervision of a licensed physician.Under Farrington’s plan, military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning into civilian life will be able to utilize the skills they learned during their service to obtain gainful employment.“This pilot program is designed to expedite job placement for our military heroes upon returning home,” said Farrington, of Utica. “Veterans will have the opportunity to be employed within the health care field while they work to achieve their education and required medical credentials.”In an effort to help veterans obtain valuable employment opportunities and address the health care employee shortage, the state of Virginia created the Military Medics and Corpsmen (MAAC) program in 2016. In response to the pilot program’s success, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation making the MAAC program permanent in June 2018.“Other states have been taking this initiative and have reaped the benefits,” Farrington said. “We too have veterans looking for employment opportunities and a medical staff shortage in Michigan that need to be addressed, and I wholeheartedly believe this program helps solve that.”Under the plan, licensed physicians will maintain primary responsibility for the care of the patient and specific tasks entrusted with military medical professionals must be consistent with their level of training and experience.House Bill 6056 now moves to the full House for consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, testified Tuesday before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of her plan allowing military medical personnel to practice under the supervision of a licensed physician.last_img read more