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Math Training Workshop Fall 2015

How do you solve for X ?

Find 60% of 50.

Convert 11/8 into a decimal.

WS classroomThere are several ways to solve most equations. Volunteers may know how to answer these problems, but they may still be unsure how these concepts are being taught to students. Last week, about 30 Learning Center volunteers from all five upper schools gathered at Vassal Lane Upper School for a math training workshop led by awesome VLUS 7th-grade math teacher Elsa Head. Volunteers learned what Cambridge 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students are doing in math this year.

According to Ms. Head, “A big topic in middle school is understanding quantities Work CUand what they represent.” To show volunteers what this means, Ms. Head asked them to come up with different ways to represent 11/8. Huddled over large pieces of paper, volunteers sketched pie charts and number lines, and shaded block drawings, all representing 11/8. The training moved from concrete models to abstract equations, and volunteers learned different ways to help a struggling math student. As things began to wind down, volunteers heard the magic words:

“You don’t need to know all the answers. You just need to be able to work with the student to figure it out!”

CSV’s next training for middle school tutors will focus on English language learning and adolescent development. Read more or sign up by clicking below: