Elevated Math

Healing Math Phobia

We hear students say, “I’m not good at math” or “Math isn’t my thing”, especially after receiving a bad test score. These comments are likely subtle signs they are afraid of math. If so, we need to pull the student aside and ask questions that might help shed light on what they are thinking. Are […]

Don’t Be Afraid of Making a Mistake. Flip Your Classroom.

Articles abound on how traditional teaching methods deny students the chance to learn from their mistakes. But in this pandemic, when teachers are forced to engage in remote learning, they are more than ever scrutinized by parents and staff. Under so much pressure, teachers won’t dare try something new and risk making a mistake. A

Absolute Value: The Elevated Math Approach

Math students who begin their math journey into absolute value usually evaluate expressions with absolute value as “always positive.” That is, until they encounter the absolute value of zero, and then their answers become “always positive or zero.” The formal definition of absolute value is |x| = x if x ≥ 0 or –x if

Building Confidence In Math Class

Photography by Ta-Duc Updated September 9, 2020 When I ran for school board, one question was asked a number of times, usually by students. “How would I provide more teacher/student interactions?” I assumed the students wanted a more personal experience in their learning until a BBC News article made me realize that this question might

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Herein contain requirements for instructors (including parents)  to teach math to their students with the Elevated Math program. First Requirement Instructors should read the Teacher Notes before playing the lesson, and explain the “Get Started” ideas to the student. Elevated Math provides all the tools for teaching two years of math, pre-algebra and algebra. To use

WHY I ALWAYS HATED THE “B” GRADE

Updated – August 30, 2020 An article in The Atlantic entitled “Letter Grades Deserve an F” by Jessica Lahey struck a cord and inspired this post. Ms. Lahey writes, “points-based grading undermines learning and creativity, rewards cheating, damages students’ peer relationships and trust in their teachers, encourages students to avoid challenging work, and teaches students to value grades over knowledge.”

DAYDREAMING IS GOOD

Updated – August 29, 2020 I came across a Wall Street Journal article with the headline that read, “Wandering Mind Heads Straight Toward Insight,” and the sub headline read, “Researchers Map the Anatomy of the Brain’s Breakthrough Moments and Reveal the Payoff of Daydreaming.” Here’s the question we need to ask: Are we giving students

TEACHING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WITH MATH CLASS

Thomas Edison – “too stupid to learn anything” Updated August 15, 2020 Finding a right answer is sometimes not that important. More important is learning to approach a problem correctly, to study a mathematic question from different angles and to resist the urge to give up. This is best taught in middle school. In grades

ORDER OF OPERATIONS: THE ELEVATED MATH APPROACH

Someone posted this on a Facebook page: MATH TEST 2 + 2 x 2 + 2 x 2 – 2 x 2 = a.     6 b.     16 c.     40 I was shocked to see that so many people got the wrong answer. A student’s success in math is dependent on knowing the Order of Operations.

We MUST Engage Our Math Students

Updated: August 11, 2020 I remember my middle and high school classes when I was stuck in the classroom and daydreamed the time away. My lack of focus on a lesson that was droning on in front of me would cost me dearly when I got home later and had to answer the homework problems.