The final bell has rung throughout the halls of Sward Elementary but there is one room filling with students of a different kind.
Nearly 50 parents of first grade students flooded into the after school “class” in hopes of learning more about common core math and the way our students are being taught how to solve problems.
“It’s really our job to open up that line of communication with the parents so that they can understand the curriculum and aren’t intimidated by their child’s homework. We want to empower parents the same way we empower our students,” said Mrs. Garcia.
The three person math team taught parents in the same fashion that they have been teaching students, from grouping numbers to make “10” to breaking equations down to solve for a missing number.
“Essentially this is how we do math in our heads, except now we are teaching it that way. This allows for the student to determine the answer in their own way that they are comfortable with,” said Garcia.
This was the first of what the math team hopes are many conversations about math curriculum.