Category Archives: math tutoring

A recent New York Times article made a splash when it cited research showing that math-anxious parents who try to help their kids with math homework are doing more harm than good. They are transmitting their own anxiety to their children, and the result is poor grades. Furthermore, parents don’t even have to help with […]

Remember the 3 E’s? Engagement, Enthusiasm, and Encouragement make up the base of a magic potion for inspiring a child to learn. The E’s are characteristics that parents, teachers, and tutors must bring to the table. They are our job, not the kids’. Today I’m introducing the other half of the recipe…the 3 C’s: Creativity, […]

I am currently enrolled in an on-line certificate program called Developmental Therapy-Teaching (DTT). The course was created by Dr. Mary Wood of the University of Georgia, and it is based on her book, Teaching Responsible Behavior. I have to admit that I don’t love the title of the textbook – I get a little hung […]

Math Storybooks If you’re looking for a creative project that involves math, here’s an idea. One of the little girls in my Saturday math group enjoys writing stories. So this past weekend, we decided to write our own math story. Our plan is to work on it for 10 or 15 minutes every week, until […]

M&M Math

Candy is a Great Incentive In my experience there are two things that will get the attention of even the most bored student: money and candy. The only time I bring money to a tutoring session is when I’m planning to teach how to count money. And all of it returns home with me. Candy […]

The Common Core Blues So, you thought you knew how to multiply one number by another. You even thought multiplication was easy. Then your kid comes home with “arrays” or “lattices,” and wants you to help him, but you can’t make sense of the new methods. You’ve got the Common Core blues. These days, you […]

We All Lose Focus Sometimes It happens to all parents, tutors, and teachers. You’re working with a child in reading or math, and you think things are going pretty well. You’re even feeling proud of yourself … you are inspiring a child to learn! Then your intrepid student says something like, “I think Sponge Bob […]

We’ve all been there. We’re trying our best to help a child with math homework and we just can’t seem to capture his attention. The lesson needs to be taught, or the homework needs to be done, but the one who is supposed to be learning and doing is interested in everything but that paper […]

1 x 1 = FUN

When was the last time you ran across a math problem that looked fun, or amazing? I’ll bet it’s been a while … or maybe you’ve never encountered one. Most of the math textbooks present problems that I’m sure are meant to be interesting, but I rarely find them so, and neither do my students. […]

I began working with Mark last summer, after he had failed the state end-of-grade (EOG) test, along with several of his classmates. Then we continued our weekly sessions after school started. Mark’s math skills and test grades have improved but I’m concerned that he may perform poorly on the standardized test again this year. I […]