Okay, math is not my favorite subject. Never has been. But I figured I could at least hold LG down until 6th grade . 7th if they don’t start with that x-axis/y-axis foolishness. Anyhoo.

Last night LG asks me to help her with her math ’cause she’s not understanding it. They’re working on double digit subtraction. I got this! Except I don’t. Because of course, the way we learned to subtract way back in the last century? Not good enough for these children of the new millennium.

I have worked with LG (A little. Please remember, I hate math. Though I am trying not to pass that hatred on to her) on basic mathematics functions. And I taught her the way I’d been taught. I should’ve known better.

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Seriously?!?!?!?!?!

im confused. what do all those other numbers have to do with the sum of 28? lol

I get the concept and I would follow a similar train of thought IF I had to do it in my head (on paper it would be the old method). But I can see the kids getting confused by it as it would be difficult to teach. The thing about trains of thought is that everybody aint on the same one.

I totally agree. It is easier to change the number to 30 so you have that zero and it’s easier to subtract but this method to me, and I’m sure to other younger students can be quite confusing.

What’s wrong with regular simple math? Ugh. I hope this is not in future.

I’m thinking, as long as you get the answer and show your work, it ought to be cool. So glad my youngest just graduated high school! I suck/sucked at math. My oldest was great at it. I send her siblings to her. A gift and a curse.

Lord! IF that isn’t the most confusing method?! sheesh..

Ok, I’m in the minority here.I like new math. Is is still called new math? I learned math the old school way just like you did. My kids homework was just like LoveGirls and now I do it the same way in my head. And it is really, really fast. I do percentages, multiply, all of it in the whole number way.

Wait. What? I think it’s called “making it more complicated than it has to be.” I am not a fan.

I love math. But I do it MY way, and I always will. When my son was in school he would NOT let me tutor him. Fine, I told him to do math the way the teacher is teaching because I use my methods. I tutor now and still show my students MY way, but I tell them to use the method that their teacher is showing. Because at the end of the day that teacher is marking the test. I understand the way LG is being taught, I just disagree, I just find it to be a bunch of extra steps.

It’s more mental math. They are trying to get them to do the calculations in their head than on paper. I understand the thought process in the 2013 image, but it is difficult to explain.

I’m pretty good at math. I can help Buddha through Pre-Calc. He probably won’t utilize me b/c I’m with you, this new math? For the birds. When I saw a kid do double-digit multiplication by drawing a lattice? I was through. It’s fine they want to teach another way of solving problems, but the beauty of math is that there are multiple ways to arrive at the answer. Why don’t they teach all of them?

I get what the teacher is doing but it seems unnecessary and quite unnatural. Is this the method for all teachers or just this one?

The first time I saw this I thought it was so unnecessary but my nephews can do math in their head really quickly so I guess it works.

yes my son is being taught the same sigh.. let me try to get on it and learn it to see what it’s all about.. number bonds and all kinds of crap!

ahhhhhh ok.. i just spent a few seconds looking at that and i think i get it! i think i do that math in my head anyway! just never seen it written out and explained… so, the smaller number was rounded up to subtract faster then deal with the ones for the accurate answer.