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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Booger Math

So Brianna's ridiculous and out-of-her-mind teacher tells my daughter at a recent teacher and parent conference that Brianna "is having mathematical difficulty and will need professional tutoring."

Well.  This is my granddaughter, one of the cutest-sweetest-most-wonderful-twins in the world.  I am a math educator.  My hackles are up.  And for goodness sake, this is kindergarten.  Professional tutoring?  Paleeeese.  Wait a minute.....I am a professional math educator and tutor.  Do you see where this is going?

Now I have studied a lot about how students learn the best.  Meaning, if we can identify a student's primary LEARNING MODALITY, we can teach in methods that will facilitate maximum learning and retention.

A student who is primarily a VISUAL learner likes to see things done.  Likes watching the teacher write on the chalkboard.  Likes looking at pictures and books.

A student who is an AUDITORY learner learns best when hearing the instruction.  He or she likes listening to lectures, recordings or story-telling.

Then there are the students who are KINESTHETIC learners.  They are hands on kiddos.  They like to touch things, do things, move around.

Well then.  Don't all 5-year-olds basically like to run around and play?  They are kids!  Geez!

So - I decided to go with the hands on method (Kinesthetic), or in this case perhaps, hands in.  (Sorry.)

Here it is, ready for Brianna's tutoring session:

BOOGER MATH

Directions:

1.  If you have 5 boogers and find 2 more, how many boogers do you have?
2.  If you have 7 boogers and eat 2 (hey, all kids do this at one time or another), how many are left?

Brianna took the challenge, and the results are in:



PERFECT SCORE
There you have it!  She's a genius!  The lineage flows!  

Tutoring shmutering.  She's fine.  

Until next time, may you all find and pick some fun.  Heehee.


5 comments:

  1. Oh for gods sake, I can't figure out how to log on so you have a picture by my post. I think briannas teacher is a whackadoo. No really i think shes a very good kindergarten teacher, but they expect a little too much from 5 year olds. Maybe not. Brianna and Tori can write their numbers to 100, add, subtract, read level 1 and 2 books, AND write complete sentences. Pretty impressive. Brianna told me last night after booger math that she was "a vewy smart girl who should be in 2nd gwade NOT kindergarten."

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  2. Yes and I knew that already.

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  3. Jill, I disagree with your theory that all kids eat their boogers at some time. While I admit that I picked more than my fair share as a kid, and still do--you and another of your daughters can attest to this--I maintain that I have never eaten a booger. It never crossed my mind as something pleasurable to consume or even to put in my mouth. Please rescind your heinously offensive generalization.

    Lance.

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  4. Haha Lance. Please accept my apologies. You are right, I was wrong.

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  5. I don't eat boogers either...just ear wax and belly button lint. Rachel

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