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Liz Swerling

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Summer Ideas

1)  Register for an account on  You can do a short assessment on the website which will figure out your level and begin a program of instructional videos and practice problems.


2) has a summer program called “Brain Flex.”  The Ck-12 Foundation is an organization committed to making free education available to millions of people globally. They hire teachers to develop materials and are funded by an impressive list of (mostly tech industry) partners.  I am not very familiar with their materials, but it seems worth checking out.



3) Computer Programming: Click on "Start Learning" and have fun.


4) Explore a website called  This is a blog run by math educators, full of interesting math-related material.  Games, videos, art projects, interviews with people who use math in their jobs, and much more.  It won't necessarily help you with math skills that you would need on a test, but it's a great resource for sparking ideas and seeing how math shows up in so many ways in the world around us.


5)  Read!  It may seem unrelated, but it isn't.  The more developed your language skills and vocabulary are, the better able you are to make sense of problems in math, too.


Questions to Ask When Struggling with Math...

What are you being asked to find out?
What does the problem tell you? Can you describe it in your own words? Have you seen a problem like this before?
Is there any part of the problem that you already know how to do?
Where can you find the answers to your questions?
Will it help to make a list, a chart, a table, a drawing, a diagram? Can you act out the problem?
What do you estimate your answer will be? Why?
Is there a way to check your answer?