What is Accelerated Math?
Accelerated Math is a computer program that generates and automatically scores math practice assignments and tests. This immediate feedback gives your child’s teacher insight into your child’s math learning to set goals and direct ongoing math practice and growth.
My child uses Accelerated Math at school. Why does she get so many assignments?
Accelerated Math provides unique assignments for your child and gives her the opportunity to practice a concept until she can prove she knows it (or stops assignments if she can’t) and review the concept to ensure retention.
On the flipside, if your child does know the concept, Accelerated Math will automatically move her on to the next assignment. The outcome is a continual cycle of practices, tests, and review assignments that allows her to work at her own pace, get help when she needs it, and move on when she is ready.
My child hates math, and I’m not very good at it either. So how can I help him improve his skills and attitude?
Start simply by including your child in everyday activities that strengthen foundational math skills and critical thinking. For example:
- Take him grocery shopping and see which of you can more accurately estimate how much the bill will be
- Involve him in cooking and adjusting recipe ingredients together
- Allow him to help plan your next family trip
- Play age-appropriate games that involve numbers, counting, and basic math, like dominoes, dice, Uno, cribbage, and euchre
Talk to your child’s teacher about Renaissance Home Connect®. Renaissance Home Connect provides access to your child’s Accelerated Math assignments along with a math glossary and worked examples outlining step-by-step instructions for reaching math objectives. You can also take advantage of free resources such as Khan Academy to review lessons with your child.
My child’s teacher has been talking about productive struggle and mathematical discourse. What does this mean for my third grader?
At any age, these are critical strategies for working through difficult concepts. They enable your child to use logic and prior knowledge to solve problems and provide the means for students to discuss their ideas to clarify, build, and enforce understanding.
- Productive struggle is the ability to grapple with a problem and find a solution through persistence. In other words, it’s a means of developing strong habits of perseverance and flexible thinking
- Mathematical discourse is the ability to talk about math in such a way that reveals one’s thought process and understanding of math concepts