Research by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) found that the content of mathematics is the same around the world. They then turned their research to the difference in high performing and low performing students. They found the difference between these groups of students was linked to instruction – high performers were taught that mathematics is like a map, a tool to help you problem solve and figure out the many ways to get from one point to another point. Low performers on the other hand were given a set of directions to be followed step by step, sequentially, without seeing the bigger picture of how everything is connected.
The focus of this workshop was how to help your young child develop their own mathematical road map and support the learning that is taking place in the classroom.
Erma shared what were the key areas your child should be “fluent” by the end of that grade level. Fluent was defined as “efficient, accurate, and flexible”.