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The Popularity Of Homeschooling

What used to be considered a fringe group, homeschooling is now one of the fastest growing sectors in education. In many states, recent homeschool enrollment has grown by nearly 10% in the last year.

Easy access to specialized tutoring, parental frustration with the current testing system and common core requirements, and child safety are just a few of the reasons that more and more parents are electing to enroll their children in homeschooling programs.

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More Parents Are Emphasizing Children’s Strengths

In public and private schools today, many children are being classified in ways that prevent them from reaching their highest learning potential. The over diagnosis of issues such as ADHD and the strict requirements of public schools in regards to testing are just a few examples. Instead of dealing with these constraints, many parents are choosing to homeschool their children.

By homeschooling, parents are able to tailor curriculums and teaching methods directly to their children. This allows for children of all learning types—whether they are auditory, kinesthetic, or visual learnings—to focus on their strengths.

 

Help Is Easier To Get

But what happens when parents are unable to give their children help in specific areas such as mathematics? In the past, getting specialized help was something that many homeschoolers could not access but in the world we live in today, math and other specialized tutoring is widely available.

As more parents adopt homeschooling as their preferred method of education, more specialized tutors are becoming available to help parents fill in any knowledge gaps to ensure each child has the education they need.

This style of homeschooling that mixes at home core teaching with external help from tutoring services allows children to have individualized learning paths that are still much more affordable than private school solutions.

 

Are You Homeschooling and Need Help?

If you are a parent that has decided to homeschool your child, there may be times when you need a little extra help, especially when it comes to certain math concepts. At Infinity Math Tutoring, we can provide supplemental help for math at any grade level.

From helping your child grasp tough concepts in high school or helping build strong core understanding in grade school children, the tutors at Infinity Math Tutoring are dedicated to help you give your child the education they deserve.

For more information on our tutoring services and how we can help homeschoolers in Detroit and the surrounding areas, get in touch with us today by calling 734-301-0352.

STEM vs. STEAM: What difference does “A” make?

In almost every recent discussion about education, you will undoubtedly hear the term STEM. With a focus being placed on the technology sector and certain skills being an absolute necessity in the job market we are entering today, an emphasis on STEM is easily understood. Today, however, there is a new acronym that is starting to gain momentum: STEAM. So what exactly are STEM and STEAM systems of education, why do they matter, and which is better? Here’s what you need to know:

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What Is STEM?

STEM education is a specific system of education that involves science, technology, engineering, and math. At the heart of STEM education is an underlying understanding that the job market today relies on these skills.

Having a deep understanding of technology, engineering principles, science and mathematics is necessary to the progression of the workforce. From critical thinking and problem solving, the skills taught in STEM programs are used for solving real-world issues that jobs will demand.

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What Is STEAM?

Then you have STEAM. Like STEM, the acronym STEAM has science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. But STEAM adds one more core principle: arts. STEAM proponents believe that the arts still belong in core education and are directly able to integrate with STEM education. Proponents believe that STEM is a system of rigorous education and including arts can take away from the core concept of STEM education.

Which Is Better?

Ultimately, the debate wages on with arguments from either side. However, the arguments may have middle ground. The type of arts included in STEAM may not be as liberal as many STEAM proponents suggest. Instead of a focus on music, drama, and theater type arts, technology and scientific integration is necessary. Through design elements for manufacturing and engineering, art is required. Creative thinking and communication is also a core art concept that can be important for STEM subjects.

 

Is Your Child Interested in a STEM career?

The average wage for all STEM occupations nearly double the average for all occupations.Students interested in STEM must develop the confidence to apply many mathematical concepts to real world environments.  Math tutoring can be a valuable tool in developing a student’s confidence and skills in STEM.  Let Infinity Math Tutoring help your child harness the enthusiasm and proficiencies required to pursue a future career in the STEM industries.

Baltimore Ravens’ John Urschel Now A Ph.D. Math Student At MIT

6546During football’s offseason, it is not extremely uncommon to see players trading in their football pads for notepads as they work to finish their degree. What is uncommon, however, is that degree is a Ph.D. in mathematics.

For Baltimore Ravens guard John Urschel, that’s exactly the case. Not only is he currently getting his Ph.D. in mathematics, he’s doing it at one of the best schools in the world: MIT. Having graduated from Penn State, Urschel always had a goal to receive his Ph.D. from an Ivy League school, and that is exactly what he is now achieving.

According to the Ravens player, he isn’t only doing it for himself—he is also doing it as a role model for the next generation of children who look up to athletes as role models. With so many young people in today’s society shying away from STEM education, athletes like Urschel are important.

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While he is afraid of receiving too much attention for his exact work, it will be based on spectral graph theory, machine learning, and numerical linear algebra if his current Ph.D. student profile from MIT is anything to go by.

John Urschel commented that if he had not chosen to play in the NFL, he would currently be in his final semester as a Ph.D. student.  While he is afraid of receiving too much attention for his exact work, the inspiring story of a high profile athlete choosing to continue his education and pursue his love for mathematics is something that should not go unnoticed.

So the next time your child dreams of being in the NFL, just let them know that being a football player doesn’t mean you can’t excel academically as well. If anything, John Urschel is proving that right now.

Leonardo Da Vinci Math: Show Your Work!

leo drawingsWhen we type the word “Leonardo” in Google, the undisputed results are “Leonardo DiCaprio” and “Leonardo Da Vinci”. Leonardo DiCaprio is an A-lister in today’s generation, but Leonardo Da Vinci was a universal Renaissance Man, and believed nature is governed by math.

Even when Leonardo learned the language of mathematics, he preferred to express his thoughts through his art. His search for mathematical solutions is seen through his artwork and rough drawings.  Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t the only person that used drawings to calculate math.  Drawing was how some ancient civilizations calculated mathematical precisions in their constructions, which is exhibited in the Egyptian pyramids.
 
Many things can be observed about Leonardo’s method of learning.  He showed his work.  He entertained his curiosity through writing and drawing. Students that lack confidence in math think that they are only good at mathematics if they can “do it their head”.  Not true!  Some of history’s greatest thinkers–Albert Einstein, Leonard Da Vinci, and Sir Issac Newton–made great discoveries by writing down their thoughts and theories–not by just computing numbers in their heads.

Why Should You Show Your Work?

Students should learn like Leo.  There is power in writing things down:

1)  Writing helps your memory
2)  Writing help you work through problems faster and easier
3)  Writing helps you create goals and find ways to reach them
4)  Writing encourages creative thinking

When math is part of the equation, writing things down is even more important: 

  • Showing your work in an organized way helps you organize your thoughts, which in turn makes you less likely to make a mistake.
  • On homework, usually you have answers available. If your answer doesn’t match the book’s answer, showing your work helps you figure out what you did wrong. It can also help a tutor figure out what you did wrong, if you go for help.
  • On tests, if you get a wrong answer your instructor can use your work to figure out what you didn’t understand, and point it out so that you avoid that mistake in the future.
  • If you get a wrong answer on a test, but your work shows you understood the core of the problem, most instructors will allow partial credit.  A bare answer that is wrong has to count as a zero.

 
Today’s students can reach success in mathematics through writing.  There is power in the pencil!!