Parent Tips - Week 4

Practice and discussion are required to understand concepts in mathematics. When your student comes to you with a question about a homework problem, often you may simply need to ask them to read the problem aloud, and then ask what the problem is about. When you are working problems together, have your child talk about the problems, stating what she is thinking as she works. Remember to have your child practice on his own too.

Below is a list of general questions you can ask your child to help if she gets stuck:

  • What have you tried? What steps did you take?
  • What didn't work? Why didn't it work?
  • Explain what you know right now.

If your student has made an attempt at starting the problem, try these questions.

  • What do you think comes next? Why?
  • What is still left to be done?
  • Is that the only possible answer?

If your student does not seem to be making any progress, you might try these questions.

  • Let's look at your notebook, class notes, and Toolkit. Do you have them?
  • Were you listening to your team members and teacher in class? What did they say?

Be sure to include other appropriate questions. Remind them to use the index, glossary, Checkpoint materials, homework help, Math Notes boxes, and their Learning Logs. All are useful tools in the process of learning.