Teaching Their Parents!
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: August 23, 2001
so often when I introduce a new math concept, the students' homework
for that night includes "teaching" a parent how to do
the math problems! I usually assign no more than 5 problems (very
doable for busy parents), for the student to "teach"
someone else in the home how to do. We practice in class by role-playing
what they will do at home that evening. Then the bottom half of
the math page is a space for a parent's signature as well as any
comments. I have found this to be very helpful when parents will
write me a note back letting me know that their student could
not explain something very well. It lets me know what areas that
student in particular may need continued help on. On occasion,
I have had students whose parents were not able to help with this
assignment for various reasons. If that is the case, I allow the
student to spend a few minutes with me after or before school
to "teach" me what they have learned.