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Reviewing homework and correcting mistakes can be simple at this age. Students become aware of the importance of remembering what their teacher wants. In second grade, for example, children must master addition ". . . up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations." (Standard MAFS.2.NBT.2.6) Many children will remember, at least, there are strategies to correctly compute such problems, but they often don't understand why. I want students to understand why a strategy or rule works. I focus on their developing a firm comprehension of material.
Math students at this age have significant expectations placed on them. Math sometimes becomes "too hard" and children expand their less-than-ideal strategies to 'get by' and earn a C to avoid disappointing their parents. Repetitive work performed on a computer is commonly prescribed, resulting in students who repeat what they’re shown (and scoring well on a specific assignment) without understanding why they're doing it. Without understanding, students can't make the connections to more advanced skills, putting them at a serious disadvantage in middle school. At this age, children benefit tremendously from observation with someone who can immediately discern misunderstandings and correct them. Verbal explanations, in such cases, are usually not the best.
Math difficulties in middle school - particularly sixth grade - are common. Students haven't memorized the multiplication table or they don't remember the rules for decimals or they’re overwhelmed with the pace of middle school academics and are too self-conscious to ask for help. Repercussions for any weaknesses are felt almost immediately. An eighth grade Algebra student of mine, years ago, had a good attitude, was capable, but earned Ds and Fs. She did her work on paper, though, enabling me to see her miscalculations resulting from her unfamiliarity with decimals. I kept her after school for two hours, we revisited the material, and her grades improved. Like many students, she couldn't clearly identify the foundational holes in her learning. A teacher with many students often doesn't have the time to closely investigate such problems and students are often given remedial work as a solution, resulting in frustrated, bored students. I want to figure out exactly where a student is having difficulties and to fix the problem quickly.
IEPs are needed and employed for some students and are written for a wide variety of diagnoses having nothing to do with intelligence. Language-based learning disabilities; persistent behavioral issues; and mathematical disabilities are just a few that might impact a student’s performance in Math. Although many ESE students are mainstreamed - which has advantages - they're sometimes unwilling to accept the classroom support they need. Older students can be self-conscious and if they voice an unwillingness to accept support - no matter how much their parents want it - the Support Facilitator's hands are tied. Students with IEPs often need specific alterations in their learning environment and in the presentation of information. Social impacts - real or imagined - need to be eliminated. I've held weekly after-school tutoring sessions for ESE students, but when attendance was high, the benefits were sometimes limited for the especially anxious and/or far behind. Being an ESE student compounds the pressure and anxiety felt by many. I want to eliminate these as fully as possible. I encourage parents to give me as much information as possible about their child's known learning issues.
Those who join the military - all branches - take the ASVAB test. “The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery measures your knowledge and ability in ten different areas. It is not an IQ test, but the ASVAB does help the Army assess which jobs you are best suited to perform,” says goarmy.com. Goarmy.com further states, “You don’t have to go through any special preparation to take the ASVAB. Getting a good night’s rest and arriving on time are the two most important steps you can take to prepare.” Nonetheless, many forget the skills covered on the ASVAB test and benefit from preparation and being able to ask specific questions and to know what to expect. I've reviewed and taken note of the many preparation questions used to help those who will take the ASVAB test. Having taught test-preparation in schools and volunteered assisting students needing to pass state tests and End-of-Course tests in Honors Algebra, I feel very capable of helping adults with this test.