WALWORTH — Over 40 parents of students attending Richard Mann Elementary School in Gananda Central School District recently attended Parent Math Night. This workshop was designed for parents to gain a deeper understanding of what’s now being taught in line with the Common Core curriculum standards. Divided by grade level, parents engaged with their child’s teachers as they were provided with a guide to the new vocabulary used during math as well as examples of lesson materials and homework.
A post-event survey reveals that the initiative was overwhelmingly successful in explaining the new standards to parents. One parent wrote, “I definitely found this helpful, particularly showing us how to break down [math] problems.”
Another parent was happy to better understand how students are now expected to show their work. “It was nice to have a few examples to understand how they get to their numbers and answers,” they said.
“It was clear that the parents who attended were appreciative of the resources provided at this event,” says Tracie Douglas, Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development at Gananda. “Our objective was to teach the parents the new math vocabulary and how they can help their children at home. There was a unanimous request for further Parent Math Nights.”