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# Welcome to My Blog

## Full wallet

Your child can easily retire with \$1 million dollars by understanding percents.  As a parent or guardian, you can set your child on the way to financial security in two hours.   The difference between retiring with one million dollars and zero dollars can be as simple...

## Learning theory explains how to teach math well to everybody. The country of Singapore offers validation of learning theory.

LEARNING THEORY is clear that children are the opposite of “absorptive sponges” when it comes to learning math; children can learn only if the material is presented according to their developmental stage. Students require experiences with objects before abstract...

## What future do you want for your child?

I am writing this on the 4th of July, the official birthday of the United States. This country was founded on ideals such as: “… the inalienable rights of ….’ Math understanding is a necessary tool in order to achieve these inalienable rights. The years our children...

## Math educators fiddle while american students burn

The week of April 28, 2016, the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data on American 12th graders showed that they lost ground over the last two years, with the lowest performers having the biggest declines. The week before, the annual...

To be successful in algebra, your child absolutely must be able to answer this question correctly. However, in some high schools, fewer than half of students can get the correct answer. The most popular wrong answer by far is 4 – 5 = 1. There is no way those students...

## Special ed or gifted? Maybe it’s the teaching method that makes the difference.

Randi was a student in my 8th grade math class. She was considered to have such high needs that she was assigned a paraprofessional person, who came with her to every math class. Randi’s parents were both in prison, and she lived with an aunt. She wore jewelry that...

## Even gifted students benefit from true understanding of math

Does this classroom seem familiar to you? The teacher stands in front of the class. She explains a method for solving a particular type of problem, and does a few examples. Some of the students eagerly answer her questions about the next step. When it comes time to...

## Sam’s success with fractions

Today I’ll talk about Sam. Sam was going into 7th grade with a C in math from 6th grade. The plan was for Sam to be tutored by me twice a week over the summer between 6th and 7th grades. In exchange, his parents would refinish the oak floors in my house. It was a...