SBDMC discusses math scores
by Hawkins Teague
Sep 20, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Primary Site-Based Decision-Making Council met last Monday and talked about improving math performance. Elaine Wimberly said that variety in teaching styles was key. Principal Ann Taylor agreed.

“The way you learn is not the way I learn,” she said.

Brian Parker said teachers need to know all different options available so kids would be more likely to learn.

Taylor said that consistency in the way math is taught in each grade was important because it is sequential in nature than reading, which she said was more abstract. If students don’t master one thing in math, they can’t move on to the next.

Taylor asked the teacher representatives on the council if they felt limited by Kentucky’s required core content. Although the representatives said they didn’t, Taylor said she was concerned that some teachers might just teach what was required and stop there.

Some members of the council thought that an hour and a half period on Friday afternoons might be a good time to help students who are lagging behind. Parker said that when he teaches math, he sometimes lets the kids who completely understand the concepts help the kids who almost understand it while he helps the kids who are completely lost. Some of the other teachers on the council agreed that peer-tutoring could be quite effective.

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