Mistakes are an important step in the process of learning. Don't let your child give up when she makes one! Encourage your child to persevere, try another strategy, think outside the box, or talk problems over with someone. Sometimes it is hard to watch our children make mistakes, but struggling helps brains grow, and for your child to become smarter and more resilient. Very successful people often report that many mistakes were made along the way to their success, and these mistakes were an important and much overlooked part of the journey. Your student does not need to be fast at math, so speed should not be a goal. She just needs to think deeply about it. This should also be the goal when responding to math questions. Encourage your child to think about his answer. Does it make sense? (Paraphrased from Jo Boaler)
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.
It's Time! The 6th grade W.E.B. (Where Everyone Belongs) orientation and bbq will be Tuesday, August 19th. Orientation will be from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. We will have a parent information session with the principal in the library from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. We will then have a BBQ for the students and their parents from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the cafeteria.
Parents, please be sure to have your child at the gym about 10 minutes before 8:00 am. Our 8th grade W.E.B. Leaders are trained and ready for orientation. The heart of the W.E.B. Program is building relationships between 6th graders and 8th graders, so it is essential that parents not participate in the student orientation portion of the day. Please join us in the Library for any questions you might have. And, we would love to have you join us for a barbecue lunch at 11:30 am. This will be a day your 6th grader will remember forever and will be the start of a great year.
We hope you continue to enjoy your summer. It has been nice seeing our students around town. You are all being very respectful, we like that! :) I have a few dates for you guys:
*August 6th: the office opens for business *August 11th and 12th: WEB Training from 8:00-1:30 Reminder: If you are not there at 8:00 am sharp, you will not be able to participate.
*August 12th: the office will close at 12:00 so that Tami can attend a meeting. *August 19th: 6th grade WEB orientation - new students will get a call from their WEB leader with the details of the day. *August 20th: First day of school- first bell rings at 8:25
We know many of you have had your tdap booster shots over the summer. Please bring proof of that to the office on the first day of school, or before, so that we can get that into the computer. Thank you parents for making this happen!
Students' first period class will be posted in the office window on or around August 18th or 19th. Students will then receive the rest of their schedule in their first period class on the first day of school.
We are super excited for the new school year, we know you are too, but we won't tell anyone. :) See you all soon!
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