Did you Learn Anything Today Sweetheart? – A Straight Forward Approach

Welcome to A Plus Master Tutoring Center. Thank you for reading. It’s a pleasure to have you on our site. Today we will discuss the importance of a straight forward approach. Frequently students will be struggling with homework, or a class lesson that is clearly not skill based. Many of the textbooks used in the classroom today are troublesome. Often the directions are confusing, or difficult to understand. This is extremely troublesome!

 Classroom lessons are typically structured and designed by the classroom teacher. Does this guarantee a meaningful, core skill lesson or could this be the crux of the problem? Today the classroom problems are too long to list. This ineffective classroom model works well in upper middle class and wealthy areas, but has proven to be completely broken at the middle class and disadvantaged levels?

Let’s discuss the classroom lesson, for the majority of our sweetheart American kids. This lesson is selected and designed by the classroom teacher. The lesson may or may not be worthy of class time. The students may or may not understand how this lesson relates to a core skill or learning goal. Often students are not even told what skill they are trying to improve or what the skill is called.

I’m perplexed- students come to my Center for help in the area of math. I will ask them, “what are you working on in school”- they reply, “I don’t know.”

Since the name of the skill helps one remember and understand what they are learning, knowing what the skill is called is valuable and important information. Why are the math books and homework so abstract? Our kids do not know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. Why can’t they learn these basic skills? Why do they walk away without learning anything? Why don’t we have math books and homework that teach in a straight forward direct way? Why are our children not shown properly– and given pages of practice so they can internalize the skill.

Elementary math is not very difficult. If shown properly, and allowed to practice I ‘m thinking our kids can be math wizards.

Denise J. Mastro, Director

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