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Taking the Fear Out of Word Problems

Students will learn to use “logic” as an approach to solving problems and be given "tips" for identifying key words.
Professor P (Dave Peightel)
216 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 64 learners
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year olds
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45 minute class

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Class Experience

Students will build skill and confidence in solving word problems through knowledge, practice, and using a simple and systematic approach.  
Math is like a foreign language when it is first introduced to students.  As they progress to pre-algebra and beyond, that language becomes more complex with words and formulas they have never heard before.  My approach to teaching math is two-fold.  I emphasize not only facts and formulas, but also the concept being taught.  I have found that when students will learn their facts and formulas without a good understanding of the concept, they get confused on when to use them.  I believe that learning concepts along with the facts and formulas is the bridge to success and confidence in math.
Students will be given practice problems to complete during the class, no homework will be assigned
Students should have a pencil and several sheets of paper. A whiteboard is optional
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Professor P (Dave Peightel)
Lives in the United States
Certified Math Teacher with 22 Years Experience
216 total reviews
116 completed classes

About Me

I have been teaching math for 21 years.  My experience ranges from practical math to Algebra, Geometry and beyond.  Teaching students with IEPs and special needs has helped me become a better instructor by learning to effectively teach students... 
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