Keep reading to get answers to your questions about your child’s maths journey.
What is Accelerated Maths?
Accelerated Maths is a computer programme that generates and automatically scores maths practice assignments and tests. This immediate feedback gives your child’s teacher insight into your child’s maths learning to set targets and direct ongoing maths practice and progress.
My child hates maths, and I’m not very good at it either. So how can I help them improve their skills and attitude?
Start simple by including your child in everyday activities that strengthen foundational maths skills and critical thinking. For example:
> Take them to the supermarket and see which of you can be more accurate estimating how much the bill will be
> Involve him in cooking and adjusting recipe ingredients together
> Allow them to help plan your next family trip
> Play age-appropriate games that involve numbers, counting and basic maths, like dominoes, dice, Uno or cribbage
Talk to your child’s teacher about Renaissance Home Connect. Renaissance Home Connect provides access to your child’s Accelerated Maths assignments along with a maths glossary and worked examples outlining step-by-step instructions for reaching maths objectives.
My child uses Accelerated Maths at school. Why do they get so many assignments?
Accelerated Maths provides unique assignments for your child and gives them the opportunity to practice a concept until they can prove that they know it (or stops assignments if they can’t) and review the concept to ensure retention.
On the flipside, if your child does know the concept, Accelerated Maths will automatically move them on to the next assignment. The outcome is a continual cycle of practices, tests and review assignments that allows them to work at their own pace, get help when they need it, and move on when they are ready.
My child’s teacher has been talking about productive struggle and mathematical discourse. What does this mean for my child?
At any age, these are critical strategies for working through difficult concepts. They enable your child to sue logic and prior knowledge to solve problems and provide the means for students to discuss their ideas to clarify, build and enforce understanding.
> Productive struggle is the ability to grapple with a problem and find a solution through persistence. In other words, it’s a means of developing strong habits of perseverance and flexible thinking
> Mathematical discourse is the ability to talk about maths in such a way that reveals one’s though process and understanding of maths concepts