by Adrianne Meldrum | Apr 26, 2017 | Adrianne, Kara, Multisensory Math, parenting middle schoolers

|This post contains affiliate links| Math anxiety can feel like a skipping record. It’s frustrating because it feels like there is no way to get rid of the scratch. The grooves are too deep. We’re focusing on what math anxiety looks like. How can you...
by Kara Scanlon | Apr 20, 2017 | common core math, Kara, Multisensory Math, Online Learning

Most of my students have major issues with online learning in general. Especially Khan Academy. I always tell them, “For a free teacher, it is amazing! But, you get what you pay for.” Khan Academy was really the first to empower online learning. I will tell you the...
by Adrianne Meldrum | Mar 14, 2017 | Adrianne, common core math, Kara

My frustrated student tosses her math test on my desk. I sense she’s fighting back tears, but I don’t make eye contact as I know the tears will bubble over onto her cheeks. Scanning down the page, I look at the marks the teacher has left in red. It’s not that she...
by Adrianne Meldrum | Mar 7, 2017 | Adrianne, Kara, On Middle Ground Podcast, parenting middle schoolers

Ugh….Study skills and test prep. I know it’s important to teach my son. Often I neglect to think about the long term effect of not teaching this life skill. To motivate me more, I like to think of the contrasting stories of Les and his twin sister...
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 10, 2017 | Adrianne, Kara, On Middle Ground Podcast, parenting middle schoolers

Listen on Google Play Listen on iTunes Out of the corner of my eye I could see her small frame shrinking. She looked down and twirled her pencil in both hands. We had been working on a math problem about fractions for some time. A frustrated expression came across her...