Questions to Ask About the School’s Math Instruction
How can you better understand what and how your child is learning math? Here are some questions to ask the school about the math curriculum. You can also read up on
math instruction programs before talking with the school.
How do you structure your math curriculum?
Are you using a research-based approach to teaching math? Could you describe it?
What training do teachers have in using this approach?
Do you use a program created by a publisher, something else or a combination? Could you describe it?
How long have you been using the program? Is it used throughout the school district?
Is it entirely computer based, or does the program also use a textbook and workbooks?
Does it use
, such as blocks and counting cubes?
Does it use a
approach—building new skills on old skills? Or does it use a spiral approach—teaching older skills along with the new lesson?
Does your program allow for kids to learn at their own pace?
How do you identify students who are struggling with math?