- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119013933
- ISBN-13: 978-1119013938
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Make sense of Common Core math, grade by grade
- Effectively help with homework
- Team up with teachers and promote your child's success
Help your child succeed with common core math
Math is hard. And, for parents, making sense of how math is taught today is even harder. Luckily, this friendly guide takes the intimidation out of Common Core math, making it easier than ever to help your child succeed. In no time, you'll get a grasp on what your child is learning and gain the know-how to help with homework and test-prep time like a pro!
- Crack common core math let go of your math habits from yesteryear and embrace the Common Core math standards to help your child succeed
- It's elementary find everything you need to know about the Common Core math your child will encounter in K-5
- Movin' on up gear up for middle and high school math with guidance on relating to ratios, pursuing proportions, and arriving at algebra the Common Core way
- Crown yourself queen (or king) use homework tools, communicate more effectively with teachers, and guide your child through sample problems to foster understanding
Open the book and find:
- The ins and outs of Common Core math standards
- Tricks, tips, and steps for understanding the math your child encounters in the classroom
- Guidance on K-12 math standards
- Ten awesome resources parents can't be without
- Surefire ways to support math learning at home
About the Author
Christopher Danielson, PhD, is a leading curriculum writer, educator, math blogger, and author interpreting research for parents and teachers across the country from his home base at Normandale Community College in Minnesota.
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Don't be thrown off by it being for parents, or for dummies for that matter. This book is for teachers, administrators, and of course parents and anyone interested in math education. I actually was obsessed with Macs for Dummies and the author David Pogue as a teenager and love the style of the book and the readability.
I took notes on interesting points from the book and some questions that I have. One topic I liked when he discussed fractions was common numerators. We don't talk about being able to compare fractions with common numerators ever such as what's bigger, 2/3 or 2/4. He also talked about how you can't compare two different units, it's like comparing apples and orange. He also pointed a confusing yet commonly incorrectly solved order of operation problem that is 48 / 2(9+3). I got it wrong the first time too.
An interesting question to ask a 5th or 6th grade class is: why is there no such thing as a LCF or GCM (least common factor or greatest common multiple). This will create a very interesting discussion about vocabulary.
When talking about statistics, a cool way would be comparing heights of 5th and 6th, or 6th and 7th graders at a school. The Common Core does call for mean absolute deviation, though I am still unclear about the applications and what type of context it could be introduced to students in.
I liked the idea of having a discussion of how old your dog is, in dog years and human years, and reason how and why they are different. I honestly can't remember off the top of my head unless I looked at the relationship of two examples.
In 7th and 8th grade classes I have found myself label 2/3 as a decimal, as 0.666... and call 6 the repeating part so you only need a bar over the 6. Well, there is actually a name for that. 6 is the "repetend," the repeating part of a decimal.
One question I had, was in 8th grade he said the standards introduce point slope form. In CPM's Core Connections 3 curriculum there is no mention of this form, only standard form and slope-intercept form. So, I am a bit concerned that I did not cover that last year.
Lastly, I was very pleased in the Pythagorean theorem section he mentioned the distinction between acute and obtuse triangles side lengths. I brainstormed before how to keep students from not remembering which way the inequality sign faced, the two legs squared and added together or the hypotenuse squared. Apparently he thought about this too, because he showed the most common acute triangle you can think of: an equilateral triangle. Which we know has equal sides and is equiangular at 60 degrees each. So, if you have sides of 2. 2 squared plus 2 squared is 8. The last side, 2 squared, is 4. So, clearly, if the hypotenuse squared is smaller than the triangle is an acute triangle. I hope that made sense. It makes sense when you draw a picture.
Oh yes, and the best anecdote of the book was when the author's son got an increase in his bed time on his birthday. So, his son saw a pattern and reasoned he could predict how late is bed time would eventually go. Great example of #tmwyk (talking math with your kids) unprompted.
All in all I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any math teacher, administrator, or parent at any grade level. It gives you tips on how you can help your student think mathematically and how to help them without doing their homework.
Mr. Danielson explains that adults think through daily math problems in a manner completely different than the rule-based rote imposed in their childhoods. Common Core Math helps children learn what adults already know - but not without also teaching standard math techniques. Parents who can embrace and support this curriculum will help their children think more analytically and perform better in math throughout their lives.
Before joining in on bashing Common Core Math I encourage every parent to spend a few hours to read and understand this book. I sincerely believe the results will be enlightening for parents and beneficial for their children.