- The first level of communication should be with the teacher. Parent should email or call a teacher with any concern about their child’s progress in math.
- If the concern is about helping their child with their homework, please consider this protocol:
As the State is in the process of fully implementing the new AZCCRS, many teachers have expressed the need to provide support for parents who are wanting to help their children at home. We are encouraging teachers not to send homework home with the expectation that parents have to help their child. With these new standards, this creates high anxiety for parents, which then creates tension with child/parent/teacher. To alleviate this, we recommend teachers send work home that is from previous lessons that a student is confident completing independently at home. Because these standards and strategies are new to parents, we are encouraging parents to become "listeners and learners," rather than teachers. In other words, send the students home with (a few) problems that they can confidently explain to their parents, having the student take on the "teacher" role. That promotes a more positive learning environment at home and puts the learning in the student's long term memory. Therefore, we highly recommend that if a parent expresses the need to help their child, the teacher should let them know not to worry and instead put it back in the teacher's hands. This will alleviate a lot of stress all around.
If a parent simply would like to become familiar with their child’s grade level standards, please provide aligned resources for parents to access. Here are some suggestions…
EUREKA MATH PARENT TIP HANDOUTS (author of Engage NY) K-5 Grade ONLY!
http://commoncore.org/parents (Tips for Parents: scroll down to find 2 page handouts that support most K-5 modules.)
If a parent has any additional concerns about math and the teacher is not able to provide a sufficient answer, please direct the parent to the school administrator.