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Resources for parents of grade school kids struggling in math.
"Coming from an academic Chinese family, I was expected to excel in all subjects at school. Except that it didn't turn out this way. Math did not come easy for me. It took me a long time to even understand math, then slowly I caught up to my school mates, and then finally I mastered math. I know what it feels like to not get math and to not able to learn it the way it was taught. I was lucky because caring teachers came along the way, took the extra time to teach math my way. This experience stayed with me for the rest of my life." -Dr. Pan Biography After an academic path that included teaching awards and culminated with two master's degrees and a PhD in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2002, Dr. Pan decided that working with students struggling in math was her calling. In refining her techniques over the years Dr. Pan realized that the biggest unrealized need is the younger kids for whom math never made sense. These students are often overlooked because teachers and tutors don't remember what it's like to "not know math" and are not able to help. Even though Dr. Pan has taught students from second grade all the way through graduate school, the most satisfying and long lasting results have been with these younger students. Since 2010, Dr. Pan has focused solely on working with 3rd - 6th grade children and their families to remove math fear and set them on a path of academic success. Methodology "Kids at this age need to understand the 'why' before they're can learn the 'how'." When learning introductory math concepts starting in 2nd grade, some children have difficulty grasping concepts past addition. These include subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. These concepts are the foundation of all the subsequent math subjects and higher level math can't be mastered if these concepts are not solid. The sad and frustrating part is that most teachers can't help these students that fall behind even at the highest rated schools, but still promote the students to the next grade. Even tutors who are excellent in helping high school students with algebra or calculus have trouble reaching younger students when the topics are too "simple". Since math does not tie in with other subjects until high school, this problem is compounded through the years. Early intervention is the key to preventing a fear of math for the rest of a student's academic career. This is why Dr. Pan has chose to specialize in working with 3rd through 6th grade students. At this stage it's not too late to go back to the earliest concepts and rebuild the math foundation and teach the students math "their unique way". Since 2002, Dr. Pan has perfected techniques to reach most students in this situation. Elements of Dr. Pan's approach include: - Emotionally connecting with the student and working through the sadness and frustration; - Finding out the way the student learns; - Using real life examples from the child's environment to impart math concepts; - Repetition using individulally designed worksheets; - Using logic the child understands to turn difficult problems into simple ones. Parents' involvement with the lessons is highly recommended but not required. Individual programs can last between 10 and 30 sessions depending each individual situation.
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Hello FB friends, I'm starting to develop some new math modules to keep kids busy in the summer and sustain momentum. These would have online lessons, worksheets, and quizzes. So far, topics at are: percentages, word problems, and fractions. Comment below if you have suggestions or want a test drive.
Reading a function off a chart is difficult. here is a shortcut for trig students :) http://bit.ly/1RfZeIQ