Grade 7 math Homework

Mary - posted on 09/17/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My kid just start grade 7, and his math teacher send home a lot of homework. She never review the homework in the class on less some one did not understand some question.
She reply to the kids that if they want that their homework is review they should ask their parent to do it.
I would like to know if it should be like that on grade 7. It is a huge change for him.
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Mary - posted on 09/17/2013

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I not agree with you! I am not sure how thing change form the time that you help your kids to now, but his problems are more complex that you think.

Fortunately, I do not need to do a refresher course in order to help my kid.

I truly think that as a parent we need to guide our children to their success, but I do not think that their teacher is doing a good job in general.

My son is a straight A student, so I do not think that he should have a big problem, but not all the kids are the same and not all the kids have a parent that can dedicate time to help them. Also I do not think that is our job as a parent to correct their homework.

And with out a doubt, I do not think that a 12 years old kid that is having troubles with math will be able to ask over and over to the teacher with out feeling embarrassing in front of the class mates.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/17/2013

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Actually, Mary, it is. Unless he's in advanced college calculus, math's pretty straight forward at the 7th grade level. It's basic prealgebra, or at the most, algebra.

Like I said, I did a refresher college algebra course when my kids got to that level, and found it really helped with my ability to help them.

Mary - posted on 09/17/2013

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Sorry Shawnn!

But not always is self checking or straight forward.... Especially with solving problems, you have so many factors to take in consideration!

But thank you any way to take the time to reply!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/17/2013

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Math is pretty straight forward. To check your answer, you work the problem in reverse. For division, you multiply. For algebra, you plug the answer that you get back into the equation.

All math should be self checking.

for example if you see 2x X 3 = 12, and you solve the equation so that x = 2, to check that you plug the answer back in so: 2 X 2 X 3 = 12. If that works out, then the original answer was correct. However, if you work it out, and you get x = 3, then 2 X 3 X 3 would not equal 12. Make sense?

Mary - posted on 09/17/2013

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Thanks Shawnn!

The change from last year, when the teacher review with them their answers from now that she only check a few if they do not understand is a huge change from him.

He is pretty sure that all are correct, but how he can prove it is there is a problem, and for me it can carry on to the text the mistakes.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/17/2013

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Mary,

Not at all unusual. And, yes, she DOES go over the material in class, the homework is the review. However, not all kids pay full attention in class, so when you ask him if she's gone over the info, you may be getting a truthful answer...of sorts. He may not have realized that what she covers in class is basically what's going home on the homework. Plus, as I knew from my own experience with school, the teacher is waiting for her students to ask questions! I've never heard a teacher tell a student that she would not help them, or explain a process to them, but I have heard my kids say "this teacher wouldn't help me"...at which point, I contact the teacher and usually find out that the kid didn't take the time to contact them with a question!

So, realize that there is more than one side to the story, realize that your kid may not be giving his "all" and doing what he can to help himself, and then think about taking a math refresher course yourself, just so that you can help.

I had to take a college math course in order to be able to understand how math is taught now, but it was well worth it.

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