Parent Resources

In today's math classrooms, students, through hands-on exploration, are taught to understand the concept of a math problem and why the answer is what it is. Being taught an algorithm or an answer and accepting it as fact is a thing of the past. Using inquiry based strategies, students are discovering strategies and algorithms so that the math makes sense to them and conceptual understanding sticks. With time, then develop more efficient strategies based on understanding.

Why Is Math Different Now?
Dr. Raj Shah explains why math is taught differently than it was in the past and helps address parents' misconceptions about the "new math"-(video 8::52)-This is an example from the 4th grade math standards.

The Dangers of Teaching an Algorithm or Math Trick! The importance of teaching the "why" (for understanding) before teaching the "how".

Butterfly Math

The Common Core State Standards 
focus on understanding vs a procedure.