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Hudson Seminar Explores Kids' Math

APRIL 29, 2005--UW-RF mathematics professor Kathy Ernie and associate mathematics professor Laurel Langford will present "Making Sense of Math: Students Creating Strategies for Elementary grades" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at the Hudson Hospital Conference Center as part of the UW-River Falls "Exploring "U" program.

The hospital is at 405 Stageline Road. The event is free and open to the public..

The math that children learn in today's schools looks a lot different from what parents remember from their grade school days. Why has math teaching changed so much? What are the advantages of new methods? How can parents help their children learn math?

Ernie and Langford will shed some light on the situation by explaining underlying principles behind new elementary mathematics curricula, including everyday math currently used in the Hudson School District.

In particular, the presentation will focus on the value of making students develop their own strategies for solving math problems instead of simply teaching them a standardized method.

Reservations are encouraged but not required. For reservations, call 715/425-3256 or e-mail the UW-RF office of outreach and graduate studies at



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