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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Mini-Course Reflections 2020 MMM Virtual Summit Partnering With Parents in Elementary School Math – Discussion

  • Partnering With Parents in Elementary School Math – Discussion

    Posted by Kyle Pearce on November 7, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    What was your big take away from this particular session?

    What is something you are still wondering?

    Share your thinking below.

    Hilary Kreisberg replied 1 year ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
  • 10 Replies
  • Michelle Cutler-Smith

    December 4, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Enjoyed the information regarding parent speak vs edu speak. Honestly had never considered that 50% of the country would be better served using simpler language. As all of us would mutually benefit…

    • Kyle Pearce

      December 6, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the session! Was there any specific language that you plan to put into practice immediately?

  • Christopher Ernst

    April 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    My biggest take-away was viewing the parents as partners. This is something that I know I believe, but find myself having trouble maintaining as the year goes on, or when parents say things like “I wasn’t good at math, so why should ____ be good at it” or telling me and their student that math is too hard. I’ve heard this several times and it chips away at this belief. I feel that part of this reason is that I mainly reach out to parents with negative news about students.

    I think I need to communicate more often from the beginning of the year to establish that trust rather than come in out of nowhere a couple of weeks into a semester and communicate positive messages about the practices as they said in the video.

    I’m wondering what tools I can use to help me streamline this process? I have around 160 students yearly in high school and a tool to help maintain communication could be incredibly helpful!

    • Kyle Pearce

      April 8, 2021 at 6:27 am

      Great reflections and thoughts. Does your district use any home / school communication tools? For example, remind 101 or Edsby? This can be helpful for little connections along the way.

      One strategy is to plan to call say 2 parents a day throughout the year as a part of your routine. This is very time consuming, but I think helps to reach your goal of building trust.

      • Jamie BALLARD

        July 31, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        I like your rule of 2 parents a day. Phone calls are nice, but also emails work well. I tend to try to do a phone call to initiate, but then a quick email is always appreciated.

      • Kyle Pearce

        August 1, 2021 at 6:36 am

        Agreed! Build a strong relationship up front and checking in can be less formal with an email or messaging service.

      • Hilary Kreisberg

        November 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

        We suggest being careful with email. Written words can be interpreted by the reader in a different way than the writer. If using email, keep the conversation positive, specific, and check your reading level using apps like Grammarly. Aim to keep the writing at 6-8th grade level. 6th is preferable.

    • Hilary Kreisberg

      November 23, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Hi Christopher,

      You may want to create yourself a log to help keep track of who you have communicated with (and haven’t). It also acts as an evidence tracker. Do you have 160 students throughout the year, or does the number of students change when a semester/quarter changes? Your reflections are huge here – starting off the year on the right foot alleviates upcoming communication. Parents communicating to you that they believe they weren’t good at math is good for you to know because it tells you the type of mindset at home. You may want to send out a brief info sheet for families that shows the research behind saying that and alternatives. We have some examples in our book, Partnering with Parents in Elementary School Math. I know you teach HS, but our work can be transferred.

  • Anthony Waslaske

    July 23, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    My biggest takeaway is the education level of parents. I communicate with parents as I would my peers, without all the jargon. I serve a culturally diverse community and it never came to mind they might not understand me because the language level is too high. Messages from the school have a translation feature, but the complex language may not translate well.

    I did appreciate the idea of communicating the differences in mathematics in the way our generation learned it compared to how it is currently taught. Communicating prior to a new unit how the ideas were taught to how they are taught today communicates to me, as a parent, that my teacher supports my child’s education. If I was the parent receiving this, I would think more highly of educators and be more comfortable with public education.

    I enjoyed the presentation, ideas I have heard before but not gathered together in the same space.

  • Jamie BALLARD

    July 31, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    The nice thing about high school is many parents do not know how to do the math because it has been too long since they have seen it. However, I think the addition of the habit of mind with the communication with parents is a great idea.

    I used this Jo Boaler article as inspiration last year. I think using these headings to talk to parents is a good way to help my brain. Of course, these are still in eduspeak, so I will translate, but these categories help me.

    Making Sense of Problems and Persevering

    Reasoning Visually, Numerically, and Abstractly

    Creating Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others

    Thinking Interdependently and Flexibly