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1. Math is the study of patterns and relationships

pattern is a series or sequence that repeats. The itsy-bitsy spider climbed the water spout, and then did the same thing again after the weather cleared up. 

You can observe patterns - things like colors, shapes, actions, or other sequences that repeat - everywhere. Think about words or melodies in songs, lines and curves on buildings, or even in the grocery store where boxes and jars of various items are lined up. 

But, one of the most common places to find patterns is in math. Math patterns are sequences that repeat according to a rule or rules. In math, a rule is a set way to calculate or solve a problem.

2.  Concpetual Understanding & Flexible Thinking 

Conceptual understanding refers to the notion that a student is not just taught how to do math but also the why behind it.

 

Students are encouraged to see the bigger framework that underlies all math topics and to think fluidly so that they are able to apply their math skills to a wide variety of problems.

3.  Mistakes grow our brains 

Far too often, math is seen as a subject that is either right or wrong, and so you better get the answers right or you’ll fail the test. And while it is technically true that we want students to understand math concepts deeply and be able to correctly solve math problems, creating this kind of mindset can cause students to feel frustration and a sense of failure anytime a mistake is made. The reality, however, is that mistakes are a part of the learning process, and we should be teaching and encouraging kids (and ourselves!) to see mistakes as an opportunity for growth and deeper understanding.