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Looking for Math Enrichment or Math Tutoring Help??? A Great Online Resource for Homeschooling Families!
NOTE from Susan Richman, editor: I was delighted to hear from very experienced math teacher, Joshua Klur, from the Philadelphia area, about his many new math opportunities tailored for homeschooling students, including his new online math enrichment program for middle and high school students called 'MathFreax' and small group classes for homeschoolers Homeschool Math Mastery Program. Here's what Josh wrote to me:
I've been a teacher for 18 years, most of which has been spent teaching math at the lower school and middle school level. This year I decided to leave the classroom, and I'm offering a number of services around math education. A passion of mine has been working with stronger math students, both individually and in small groups, and helping them truly excel and reach their fullest potential. To this end I created a program geared specifically towards homeschooled students who are strong in math and want to go further.
Definitely check out his websites to learn more at www.joshuaklur.com or at www.mathfreax.com. AND below is a thought-provoking blog article from Josh that shows his unique way of looking at students and math. Josh offers individual tutoring, standardized test-prep in mathematics, and his amazing 20-week online 'MathFreax Challenge' program. Great *blog* articles about math learningtoo at Josh's site-- very appropriate for homeschooling parents.
The Importance of Math Enrichment
by Josh Klur
"Meet the children wherever they are."
As teachers, this is a foundational idea that we must never forget. We can plan the world’s greatest lessons, but if they aren’t tailored to the students we have, the lessons won’t be as successful as they could, and should, be. We must remember that we’re teaching specific students with a wide variety of strengths and challenges. Although this makes planning activities particularly challenging, we have to meet the individual needs of the students, not force them to conform to a one-size-fits-all curriculum.
In math education there has been a long-standing debate, with well-intentioned educators and policy-makers taking diametrically opposed positions around how best to meet the needs of students. Some feel that it best meets the needs of students to group them with others of similar skills, abilities, and motivations (of course, how these things are measured is another hotbed of debate). These people argue for “regular” and “advanced” classes (and maybe some type of “remedial” classes as well). Others feel that it’s better to teach a wide range of students in the same place at the same time.
Whatever your particular beliefs on this, it can’t be denied that different students in the same grade or at the same age will often be in different places in terms of their abilities, depth of understanding, and motivation in math. Some eighth graders might be struggling to add negative numbers, while others may be solving quadratic equations with ease. All students, regardless of their strengths and challenges, deserve to be met where they are, taught based on their skills and abilities and not taught the same content as students with very different skills and abilities....