Another key is that I teach to mastery, so my kids get the satisfaction of knowing something really well and applying it to interesting problems before we move on.
Wait! You don’t give them a math test on an arbitrary date but instead continue to teach and practice to mastery?!
What an incredible world if all students were allowed to stay with a concept until they achieved mastery.
In sharp contrast to your children’s experiences learning math, I remember a freshman math class I once taught where we spent the first three weeks of class reviewing fractions, decimals and assorted other concepts that they should have learned in elementary school but were still struggling with four years later.
One of the bright spots in public education is the self-paced learning systems where struggling learners practice to mastery and where teachers provide encouragement, motivation and reteaching as needed. I have taught in such a classroom environment: it is a humanizing experience for students who thought they were incapable of learning math.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insights. You’ve shared some helpful tips during the interview. Any final thoughts or suggestions for our audience?