Step 1: Introduce the Math Skill in Real Life _ I will show my son how we use this math skill in real life. I will relate the skill to everyday. For division for example, I would preset this scenario: "You have 25 baseball cards and want to give them equally to your five best friends. How do you do it?" If I said to Cameron, "What is 25 divided by 5?", he would just give me a funny. Using a real world example motivates him to work for it.
I teach the upper grades in my school, yet I continue to see kids who do not even have basic algebra skills in place. As a parent, I'm very aware of what my own children are learning in school. For the most part, I've been happy with their progress, but as they rise in grade level, I'm starting to see more emphasis on a loose understanding of the concepts and less emphasis on skills__particularly skills with arithmetic of fractions. The main problem with what I see with my students and my own children is that kids are taught "concepts" and are not taught skills__unless they're lucky enough to have a teacher who knows better. Most particularly, children are not taught mastery of arithmetic with fractions. Unfortunately, virtually all of their future math education depends on being able to do fractional arithmetic.