
Re: Parent Night
Posted:
Aug 26, 2000 1:35 PM


Here are some resources that might help you as you plan for your parent night.
____________ Teacher Advice on Connecting School and Home by Leah Poynter, ENC Publishing http://www.enc.org/topics/innovate/implementing/documents/1,1341,FOC000722index,00.shtm
[Veteran elementary teacher, Margaret Riddle, has made communicating with parents a top priority. She finds that once they understand the curriculum, parents feel more comfortable in helping their students learn mathematics. ]
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Helping at Home by Kate Kline and Lynae Sakshaug http://www.nctm.org/tcm/1999/04/home.htm
____________ Creating True Collaborations By Julia Harris and LaTida Lester, ENC Publishing Group http://www.enc.org/topics/family/articles/documents/0,1341,FOC000729index,00.shtm
[Virginia Thompson, founder and director of FAMILY MATH at the University of California, Berkeley, offers a staggering observation: "I would say that 80 to 90 percent of us have had disabling mathematics experiences," she says. With such an overwhelmingly negative attitude toward mathematics, is it any wonder that parents or caregivers oftenhowever unwittinglycommunicate to their children a sense of frustration with math? While they may realize the necessity of mathematics credentials in today's marketplace, it is difficult to see past the filter of their own experience. As a result, students must negotiate a disabling incongruity: mathematics is so difficult that even their parents cringe at the thought, yet it is essential to their future and so they must find some way to surmount their difficulties and succeed. ]
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Helping your Child Learn Math http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/

