Helping with Math Homework

Here are some tips for parents from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’s publication on “Teaching Children Mathematics” via Marshall Memo 484.

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9. Helping Parents Help Their Children with Math Homework
In this article in Teaching Children Mathematics, Regina Mistretta (St. John’s University/New York) shares strategies for getting parents involved in their children’s math learning. Here are questions that teachers could suggest parents ask their children if they are struggling with math homework:

  • What problem are you working on?
  • What do the directions say?
  • What words or directions don’t you understand?
  • Where do you think you should begin?
  • What do you already know that can help you work through the problem?
  • What have you done so far?
  • Do you have similar problems to look at?
  • Can you draw a picture or make a diagram?
  • Can you explain what the teacher asked you to do?
  • Can you tell me where you are stuck?

“‘We Do Care,’ Say Parents” by Regina Mistretta in Teaching Children Mathematics, May 2013 (Vo. 19, #9, p. 572-580),;  Mistretta is at

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