When I was a kid, I remember wanting to be helpful. It didn’t matter if it was in the garage, the kitchen, the family room, outside, or elsewhere; I really enjoyed helping with tasks. While I would like to think that it was something inherent, further reflection leads me to believe it had a lot to do with empowerment. From an early age, my parents and extended family wouldn’t have me complete menial tasks. Instead, they involved me directly with the creation/destruction/modification of whatever we were working on at the time.
As a way of closing out this mini-series on ways in which parents of middle school students can support and foster their love of learning mathematics, I wanted to bring it back to how involved the children