Eureka Math is probably very different than your math classes in school or the way you learned math. It is not that one way is better than the other, the key is the expectations that are being put on our students today. Today's world has many challenges and problems that need to be solved. Our students will be the ones who will have to solve these problems and most careers will require strong problem-solving skills. To address this new challenge, we must prepare our students to be thinkers and problem-solvers and really UNDERSTAND math.
This is probably the biggest difference. Math has been traditionally taught as "math facts" and formulas. Students were taught just to memorize math facts and one specific way of calculating or solving a math problem. The trouble with this type of instruction was that many of us never really understood the math we were doing. We just memorized and solved the problem like the teacher told us to. Today, the expectations of students are much greater. Today's standards and assessments are requiring students to solve much more complex problems. To solve complex problems, student must understand the math concepts and have numerous strategies for solving difficult problems. Memorizing facts and one strategy may not help solve the complex problems students may face on state assessments and even life.
Eureka Math is created to build math understanding from kindergarten to 12th grade. Yes, what your student is doing in math may not be familiar and you may not totally understand everything they are doing. Please be assured there is a good reason the students are doing what they are doing. Building multiple strategies and deep understanding of numbers is how students will become great math problem solvers. We hope you will do your part in helping your student gain this important understanding, even though it may sometimes be difficult and different than your math experience.
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