SR 764: Building Math Confidence: Strategies for Teaching Math Mastery – Pat Murray, Part 1

“The earlier that kids are taught well and set up for success, the more likely they are to enjoy math.” – Pat Murray, CTCMath

As a father of ten and a seasoned math teacher, Pat Murray, founder of CTCMath, shares his unique journey in education, providing valuable insights into effective math teaching and learning strategies. Join host Yvette Hampton for an engaging discussion that delves into homeschooling, family dynamics, and the impact of early math education on students’ confidence and success.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. How has your own experience with math education influenced your confidence and attitude towards teaching math to your children?
  2. Do you agree with the idea that there are no “math people” or “non-math people,” and that it all comes down to how it’s taught? Why or why not?
  3. Have you witnessed a child’s sudden progress in math after taking a break from it and returning when they were more developmentally ready? Share your experience.
  4. In what ways do you think the traditional classroom setting may hinder a child’s ability to excel in math? How does homeschooling offer unique advantages in this regard?
  5. How does the concept of self-confidence differ from self-esteem in the context of learning math? Share your thoughts on the importance of fostering self-confidence in math education.
  6. Discuss the impact of a child’s early experiences with math on their long-term attitude and aptitude for the subject. How can parents create positive early experiences with math?
  7. How do you approach addressing gaps in your child’s math education? What strategies have you found effective in helping them build a strong foundation in math?
  8. Share your thoughts on the role of success and confidence in a child’s enjoyment and mastery of math. How can parents nurture a sense of success and confidence in math learning?


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CTCMath – CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials that take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Creative graphics and animation, synchronized with the friendly voice of internationally acclaimed teacher, Pat Murray, make learning math easy and effective. Start your free trial today.

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