Actually, Ellie struggles with math. She has for awhile now. It just doesn't come that easily to her and she gets frustrated when she doesn't pass her unit tests again and again. The problem is, though, that she DOES understand when I go through it with her. But between careless mistakes, not bothering to check over her work carefully, insisting on doing much of the work (inaccurately) in her head, and a poor grasp of basic facts, plus a newly developing anxiety every time a unit test comes along, she is not doing well and getting increasingly stressed out.
Two nights ago, I reached out to a bunch of math whiz types on Twitter, asking for some advice. Before I heard back from any of them, however, I had an idea.
She should stop taking tests over her current work for awhile and instead teach other kids the things she already knows. I approached her with the idea of making a series of funny math videos for kids. She was ALL OVER IT.
This is what resulted today: