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There has been a link circulating recently through social media (Link below). The link describes a story in which a teacher told a student that an answer was wrong on a common core math quiz. A very loud debate has erupted in regards to Common Core Math and it's role in the education system. Some stand to defend it, and others are very much against it due to its "confusing nature." I believe that Common Core is simply not being used properly within the education system, which is why such stories described in the article exist.   I am very passionate about the debate on Common Core Math and its role in the education system. Though it is the center of much confusion and debate, Common Core is not all together bad. The issue with Common Core Math is not that the methods themselves are bad; instead, the issue resides in the fact that teachers and school boards have not been taught the actual purpose of Common Core and have not been properly trained on how to use... read more

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Hey everybody, new to blogging, so here we go!  I joined WyzAnt at the end of last year, and in 6 months, I've somehow managed to be one of the more active tutors in my area.   Part of my approach with my students is to reeeeeally make the session into a dialogue.  I tutor math.  As an example of what I mean, if I have a student who is about to learn formulas for the area of various shapes, I don't just blurt out "Area of a rectangle is length times width, got it?  Now do a problem with that formula."  I start by asking them what "distance" is.  That's something that they can relate to.  Or, I ask them how tall they are, and how that's measured.  Or, how long a marathon is, which is measured in miles or kilometers.  So, all of those are "distances," which we measure in feet, or inches, or miles, or whatever.  But, what if we're talking about how big the top of a table is, or how big a room... read more

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