BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON – Parents who want to help their children with math this year can get help themselves, at a series of meetings scheduled by Davis School District.
“Last year the resources were there, but the word wasn’t getting to them as to where to find them,” said Chadley Anderson, director of math curriculum for junior high schools. “We thought we’d put in a little stop gap and go directly to the parents.”
A new series of math books was introduced to seventh and eighth grade students in the district last year. This year, ninth and tenth graders will make the transition.
The series being used, developed by Carnegie Learning, is in line with the standards required by the new Utah Math Core, which is part of Common Core.
Math now begins with what used to be called a “story problem,” but is now called a “task,” said Anderson.
“Now we’re posing them as real-world examples where they learn not only the skill but the critical thinking to figure out what they should be doing,” she said.
Students still learn the same concepts, she said, “only they learn how to critically think as well, because math is math.”
Representatives from Carnegie Learning are in Davis County to train teachers this week, and Anderson invited them to speak with parents as well.
At each evening session, they will cover the reason for the change and present information on how best to help students and where to find resources online.
The first informational meeting was held at Clearfield High last Tuesday.
Others are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Woods Cross High, Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Layton High and Thursday, Aug. 15, at Northridge High.
All workshops begin at 7 p.m.