The math that students are learning in the classroom is not new math. In fact, the idea of teaching students the concepts behind the algorithms and ways of thinking beyond just memorizing formulas has been around for more than 30 years. Algorithms are still very important in mathematics, but instruction should not begin with them. Instead, teaching should begin with building a conceptual understanding of the idea and then once students understand the concept, the instruction can flow to the formula, algorithm, or other efficient method for carrying out the idea.
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- Rodel Foundation’s Math Power Book for Parents
- The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics offers these great tips
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