Series: Ideas at Work

# Connecting Parents to Classroom Math Concepts

Children today are using different strategies for math than in the past. While the internet is full of Common Core critics, many of the suggestions set forth in the standards have the potential to expand students’ math understanding. Rather than teaching answer-getting techniques, they teach concepts that students can carry with them through later math classes.

To ease parents’ concerns about some of these potentially unfamiliar math techniques, many teachers are making efforts in connecting parents to the everyday happenings in the classroom. This article highlights several teachers who keep open lines of communication with parents by posting lessons and justifications online, or by hosting after-school “Parent Nights” to delve into the reasoning behind these math ideas.

Donna Howard, one of the teachers highlighted in the article, previously took part in one of the Early Math Collaborative’s professional development programs and now trains other preschool and kindergarten teachers taking part in these programs.

It was such an ‘aha moment’ for me, and it really made a big difference in the achievement of my students. They really understand it.

She also hosts after-school events for parents, where she offers advice on how to bring ideas in the classroom back home.

Source: Kentucky Teacher • Copyright: © 2015 Kentucky Teacher • Content ID: Not specified

# Algebraic Thinking with Shoes

Cindy Collado and her preschool class at Stock School were involved in a shoe project that incorporated many math concepts through a variety of activities over the course of two months. The class started by taking a good look at their shoes and then talking and thinking about what they saw.

# Control Your Math Fate, Estimate!

Ellen Stoll Walsh's book Mouse Count can be used in the classroom to cover such broad-ranging topics as data analysis, number sense, and number and operations. Key concepts such as estimation can be explored and investigated.

# Down with Naked Numbers

All kinds of confusion can result when children are asked to rattle off the numbers from 1 to 10 or 20 or higher without actually counting something. In our learning labs and activities we are working to help teachers find ways to avoid “Naked Numbers