In Week 24, we listed the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices. The first one was Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Mathematically proficient students find meaning in problems. They look for entry points, analyze, conjecture, and plan solution pathways. The students monitor and adjust their work and verify answers. They ask themselves the question “Does this make sense?”
Where have you seen examples of opportunities for your student to make sense of problems and persevere in finding a solution in their math work this year? Observe your child while s/he is doing homework. Does s/he work thoughtfully or is s/he just trying to get finished as quickly as possible? Does s/he look back to see if the answer makes sense in terms of the question, or s/he satisfied to have any answer? By encouraging students to develop the practice of looking for meaning in every problem, we can significantly improve their performance. That’s what mathematics is all about!