## From Sloppy to Straight- Cleaning Up Math Work

It looked like the leaning tower of pisa made out of numbers. That's the only way I know how to describe the piece of schoolwork that my student slid across the table to me. The numbers of a multiplication problem were all slanted to the right and not aligned properly. The grade at the top of the paper was not desirable. I could see the frustration in my student's eyes and the weariness in her mother's. They both described it as "sloppy" work. As I looked further at the assig

## Helping Your Child Understand Fractions

What do you think when you hear the word "fraction"? A multitude of things might pop in to your mind..maybe pizza? For many students and parents fractions become a major stumbling block in math education. Fractions are one of the first semi-abstract concepts that students learn in school and can become frustrating fast! Fractions don't have to leave you or your child frustrated and confused forever. Helping your child understand the concept of fractions and what they physical

## How to Learn From Any Homework Assignment

There has been a letter that a teacher sent to parents declaring that there would be not homework in her class this school year going around the internet. Many parents and teachers are praising this teacher for allowing her students to go home, be children, and enjoy family time. Wherever you stand on the issue of homework, it doesn't look like it will go away for most students...at least not anytime soon. Most would agree that homework is given to help students sharpen their

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