As we are in the midst of midyear Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) conferences, I have been reminded of the important role that parents play in their child’s education. Currey Ingram strongly values our working relationships with parents. The roles are different, but each must support the efforts of the other to benefit the child.
Although math concepts can appear to be more “black and white” than other subjects, it includes a number of skills and concepts that are difficult for students to fully comprehend, apply and generalize. After about second grade, concepts become increasingly abstract and complex, and the language and terminology become more nuanced. If deficits exist, it is difficult to progress in math ability, as skills continuously build on one another. There are several reasons a child may struggle in math (Allsopp et al., 2007).
Everyone knows the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Goldilocks wandered through the bears’ home, finding things that were too hot, too cold or just right. This Goldilocks debate has persisted over several decades in regard to homework standards. Parents and educators have argued that students are given too much or too little and are still looking for the “just right” amount.