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Tutoring for 6th grade math
Old 04-25-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Can you give me an idea of what I need to focus on with 6th grade math? I am a second grade Teacher, but these folks want me to tutor their child this summer. Thanks in advance


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It will differ from one state to the other. Find your state standards, and that will tell you what to focus on.
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Thinking Skills
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Don't just focus on the algorithms of how to solve problems. If a child is struggling they very likely have a processing gap in the connection between one concept and the next. Teach them how to think about each step and understand WHY they are doing it. What does long division really mean and what other math concept is it related to? What do fractions represent from the whole? Why does adding or subtracting mean you have to change their denominator? How are decimals related to fractions, percents, ratios?

Have them start with pictures and sketches first and then move on to the more abstract elements of the process. Make factor trees and connect them to multiplication and division, but also addition and subtraction. Teach more than one way to find an answer, i.e. traditional multiplication, lattice multiplication, repeated addition multiplication, repeated subtraction for division. What is an integer? Under what real life conditions would they be used? Use measuring cups and spoons to teach the standard fractions. Make it more visual and auditory than abstract. I am sorry to go on for so long, but every year I have students who get tutored into memorizing steps rather than understanding why those steps work to arrive at the correct answer. Please, keep this in mind as you work with your student this summer. Good luck!
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Spend some time on problem solving, reading story problems, finding the clue words, and setting up a plan to solve it. Also, fraction and decimal operations are a big problem around this age.
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Practice add, subt, mult, and dividing decimals, fractions, and percents


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Math concepts
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GCF; LCM; Percents; Fractions; Integers Negative and Positive
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Are a good place to get started, along with your state standards.
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