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For the 8th consecutive year, all the students whom I tutored for the New York State Common Core examinations, have passed.  All have been promoted to the next grade, and or graduated.  Some of the students have received Academic Awards from their schools.  Tutoring takes much diligence, patience and determination.  There may be good and bad days, depending on how... read more

1. After a cake (any arbitrary rectangle) has been cut into three equal pieces, as shown below, a hostess discovers that four people each want an equal share of the cake. How can she make one...

If jack give one of his pencils to kim, each student will have the same number of pencils. If kim gives jack one of her pencils, jack will have twice as many as kim. How many pencils does each student...

In mathematics, word problems have been known to pose challenges for elementary school students, middle school students and even some high school students. In addition, a vast majority of students also have difficulties with solving problems with fractions. If we mix a word problem with a problem with fractions, then we end up getting an even tougher problem to solve. How can we expect those students... read more

Carmela opened her piggy bank and found she had \$15.30. If she had only nickels, dimes, quarters and half- dollars and an equal number of coins of each kind, how many coins in all did she have?

In my experience with elementary level students, I am constantly amazed by these kids imagination. However when it comes to math i find myself frustrated that their minds wander so much. Sometimes i want to just be like, "Super man and unicorns are not a part of math! pay attention!!!!" Reality is, that just doesn't help. I began trying to revamp my ways of teaching so that super man... read more

In whole numbers how much were each of the six fare's It has to be solved in one of these ways: 1. Picture, chart, table, Venn Diagram 2. Make a systematic list 3. Look for and extend...

There are so many great math curricula out there.  Some are very heavy on drills: and who can deny that drills are extremely important?  Others are wonderful at demonstrating concepts....the thought processes behind working out problems.  Drills can easily bore a student to death and make them feel like math is a punishment, rather than an interesting investigation... read more

When I tutor 4th and 5th graders, sometimes I share with them that all everyone really needs to know in life mathematically is a 6th grade level of math.  Then, I hedge that it's still good to know more, just as it's good to be stronger than one needs to be to carry out most tasks!  But a 6th grade level of math is critical for being a good steward and a good citizen and tragically many... read more

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