How we do it
LABWay Math has developed and borrowed a mix of methodologies that enable a different kind of conversation about Math with your child. We use Lb4P TM (logic before procedure), UCLs TM (universal critical logics), the Socratic Method and CPA (a progression method borrowed from Singaporean math).
Logic b4 ProcedureTM
Many curricula (and many tutors) believe they have discovered the one magic way to explain math procedures. But that’s really not what learning math is about.
It’s not what the curriculum or tutor can explain – it’s what they can get your child to explain. When your child is led to discover the “why” of math – it’s more interesting, it makes more sense and they don’t forget.
Most of the time, math is reduced to remembering. Trying to remember – “if I see a problem like this I do that procedure”.
For some kids this is painfully meaningless.
Some kids don’t mind the senselessness of it, and are reasonably good at matching a procedure to a problem. Or so it seems. Even these learners eventually struggle with higher levels of math when they just can’t remember everything that lead up to Algebra III, Trigonometry and Calculus.
Best case scenario, they don’t struggle too much; but, they just don’t like math and want to stop doing math as soon as school will allow.
There is an alternative.
But math curricula simply can’t do it. Neither can math videos. Math classes don’t have small enough ratios to do it. And the vast majority of teachers and tutors have no training in how to do it.
It’s a conversation about math that discusses (not explains) the nature of a problem and guides the learner to draw from that nature the why of math.
When your child can explain to you how they did the procedure and why they did that procedure in this circumstance – then your child demonstrates real understanding of math. Our standard is not right answers – our standard is understanding your child can verbalize.
Most one-on-one tutoring is expensive and stressful for your child. Our Small Groups provide the necessary opportunity for your child to engage in deep conversation with a math coach, and observe their fellow group members do the same. They eliminate the pressure of typical 1 on 1 tutoring sessions. And they make tutoring more affordable.
Universal Critical Logic TM
We want to truly understand your child. So, your child can truly understand math!
A conversation with Parents
A conversation with Learners
We also begin by getting to know the learner. We don’t think you can have a successful conversation about math without building rapport with, and getting to know each individual learner. Then, every week, in our math conversations, we listen to learners. Frankly, this is the key. For your child to think better mathematically, our Coaches listen to them to see how they already think. From there, it just requires better questions, stories, exercises or visuals – well, conversations – to develop their logio-mathematical thinking.