Really liking CWP
Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:04 PM
Anyway, glad I listened to the advice here.
Question: The math is still much below his level (he's working solidly in Singapore 3). Would you still make him write out bar models in CWP if he can solve the problem immediately in his head? I already have Process Skills 2 for when he's done with CWP 1 so he will get more modeling practice either way. So have him do, say half, with modeling for the application practice or wait until he actually needs help thinking through a problem, even if that's not until CWP 3?
Posted 07 May 2017 - 12:43 AM
I let my son slide on drawing out bar models at earlier levels. When he tells me that he doesn't know who to solve a problem, I always ask whether he made his bar model and usually that gets him over the bump. Proper labeling is a huge issue as well. I do wonder now whether or not his tendency to not want to show his work is due to me not being more insistent that he always do it or if it's just a normal problem that every kid goes through in wanting to shortcut their way through their math. When the problems get more complex, you simply have to show your work step by step or it becomes so easy to make silly errors.
This is something we are working on (all the time it seems. Sometimes until I want to poke my eye out!) because the numbers are simply getting too large and the word problems have too many details without properly setting things up either with bar models or if moving on to algebriac expressions, writing out the knowns and variables.
Edited by calbear, 07 May 2017 - 12:44 AM.
Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:18 AM
Is he complaining about having to show his work for problems that he can do in his head?
Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:16 AM
Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:29 PM
Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:31 AM
If you wait the problems will be much harder and he will not have the requisite technical skills to explain the work.
Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:59 PM