Sixth Grade Math: Patience (Not Another Common Core Rant)

Sixth Grade MathAs we hit late Sunday morning today, 13.5 is still sleeping and I am hanging with 11.0.  After her weekly pancake breakfast (I should blog about that too one day), much to her chagrin I knew about a math test tomorrow, so it was time to study.  This is not another Common Core rant, instead patience is whats needed for this sixth grade math romp.


So the first missive in this was asking her when she planned to study.  With a shrug of her shoulders she disappeared upstairs and returned 10 minutes later with a post-it sized piece of paper saying she wrote down all she needed to study.  I looked at the paper and told her to fire up the computer in the living room.

Next came her effort there.  She spent about 10 minutes doing a handful of problems on the state’s Common Core website.  What would have been nice is if she was working in the lessons and chapters that would be on the test tomorrow.

So, now in the right lessons, she’s spent 20 minutes doing problems – she refuses to print out the pages, so she is making notes on small pieces of paper and then we are reviewing. First problem, she graphed wrong.  This is about detail and checking work, so she needs to keep at it.

There is a lot of concern about the Common Core math lessons, and frankly I am not going to pile on to that bandwagon or pretend that I am troubled by my kids learning math a different way than I did.

Instead, my issue is more in my own house, where I just can’t get 11.0 to adopt good study habits.

Patience.  Breath.  Math.  We can do this, and still enjoy Sunday – I know it.

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