• Expect some confusion to be part of the learning process but emphasize that effort, not ability, is what counts. Math is understandable and can be figured out.

  • Avoid conveying negative attitudes toward math. Never tell children to not worry about a certain kind of math because it will never be used.

  • Ask your child what he or she did in math class today. Ask him or her to give details and to explain.

  • Expect your child’s homework to include more than simple computation worksheets.

  • Give your child meaningful problems that use numbers or shapes while you are going about everyday life. Ask the child to explain what he or she did.

  • Be an advocate for the theme of math proficiency in textbooks, assessments, and instruction.

  • Advocate allocating and using a regular time each school day for instruction to develop math proficiency.

  • Support professional development activities for teachers and administrators.



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