May 6, 2009
This Ain't Your Momma's Math!
I was helping Silas with his homework yesterday and we came across a doozy! He's in 3rd grade and they are preparing for the EOGs (end of grade tests). If the kids don't do well, they don't pass. Even if they have perfect grades, this is the be all end all. I have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and am qualified to teach grades K-6. His homework yesterday was obviously something that they haven't even covered in class, because Silas had no clue what to do. The things that they are learning in 3rd grade are things that we learned in middle school! Luckily I have 2 really good friends that teach or have taught 3rd grade and after placing a few calls, we now know what the mean, median and mode are.
My good deed for the day:
* The mean is the average of a sequence of numbers. You add them up and then divide by how many numbers you have.
* The median is the middle value in a sequence of numbers placed in order. There is a swanky formula that you can use or you can just count to the middle. Remember the median on a road is in the middle!
* The mode is the value that occurs most often in a sequence of numbers. Mode = Most
There you have it folks. 3rd grade math simplified.