Problem Based Math

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Everyone is a mathematician; they just need a guide to help them develop their knowledge. For parents with children in upper elementary or middle school. In this Working Group, parents dig into various math concepts and grade-level content within the context of real life problem-solving. As a result, parents will be equipped to help their children develop a better understanding of the purpose of the math they are learning while at the same time solidifying the connections and concept associations which help the learning last. 

Length & Duration: 60-minute live, virtual meetings once a week for 4 weeks

Cara's Ice-cream Math

Used every day, math is one of the most useful knowledge sets we can develop. Yet most modern education removes real-world context from the classroom. This leaves students constantly asking, “Why do I need to know this?” By applying current mathematical research together with more than 20 years of classroom experience, Problem-based Math will ensure that every student understands the real-life applications for what they learn, and help foster a greater excitement for math. 

With a focus on upper elementary Common Core Math Standards, Problem-based Math will:

  • Guide parents through the various strategies presented in the Common Core while linking them to the “traditional” teachings that most parents learned in school.

  • Teach parents to embed new learning in real world concepts. From using fractions in measuring and building to using percentages and proportions in cooking and nutrition, parents will learn how to bring math to life for their students.



Cara Littlefield

Cara Littlefield

For more than 20 years, Cara Littlefield has worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist and education consultant in both public and charter schools in the United States and United Kingdom. With an undergraduate degree in Elementary Math Education from the University of Dayton, a Masters Degree in Math, Science and Technology from Cal State University – San Marcos, and the benefit of decades of collaboration with innovative math educators from around the world, Cara has accumulated a toolbox of proven strategies and ideas that enable her to reach and make a meaningful impact with a diverse group of learners.