by Adrianne Meldrum | Feb 2, 2017 | Common Core Math, Kara

| This post contains affiliate links | Many middle school teachers will tell you that more than half of their students do not know their math facts. While in the classroom, there isn’t enough time to practice for mastery. The task falls to families. You know that...
by Adrianne Meldrum | Jan 24, 2017 | Adrianne, Common Core Math, On Middle Ground Podcast

| This post contains affiliate links | In the seventh grade classroom, parents filled every seat and stood along the walls too as I listened to my son’s teacher explain classroom policies. As I scanned the room, I could see looks of concern on parent’s faces as they...
by Adrianne Meldrum | Nov 10, 2016 | Adrianne, Common Core Math

It was a crisp fall day. As I gazed out my office window, I could see our tree was almost done dropping its leaves. In the distance, there was a low whine from an old red Honda motorcycle. He was coming. That motorcycle is so cool. I secretly wish I had one when...
by Adrianne Meldrum | Oct 23, 2016 | Adrianne, Common Core Math, Parenting Middle Schoolers

As I rocked back and forth in my office chair, I listened intently to my 12 year old bragging to me that he got an 82 on his latest test in World Civilizations without even studying. I couldn’t help but scream inside of my head. But no. I kept my boxtox brow in...
by Kara Scanlon | Sep 25, 2016 | Common Core Math, Kara

Writing math notes has changed significantly from when we went to school. In retrospect, did I even take math notes? Very rarely did I write much down beside the problems my teacher was writing on the board. I never thought about writing down key vocabulary words...
by Adrianne Meldrum | Aug 31, 2016 | Common Core Math, Parenting Middle Schoolers

If your child’s grades stink in math class, there are some key questions that you can ask his math teacher. These questions and answers can help illuminate the problems and will set you on a path to help your child. It is important to approach your child’s teacher...