RSM is on TED! Masha Gershman, our Director of Outreach and RSM alumna, spoke about the roots of "Russian Math," and its key tenet that math can be the vehicle that delivers children to their fullest potential.
1. Be patient.
No matter your child’s level in mathematics, RSM is designed to be intellectually challenging. We only grow when we experience victory over challenge, and our program is designed with that in mind. It’s ok if your child doesn’t catch on to everything at first; be patient and supportive. Their ‘aha!’ moment is coming, and it will be glorious. When it does come, use it as teaching...
RSM students see math in their hobbies, in mundane every day routines, in art, music and just about everything else. These few projects have shown us that math is indeed super cool!
From managaing finances, calculating the time and distance between school, home and violin class to not needing a measuring cup to know how much water a recipe requires, a mom knows all the math to run a family. If there's anyone that does math on a daily basis without even realizing it, it's got to be someone that fills the role of being a mother.
Last week, NPR ran a story detailing the "Russian Math" phenomenon, following the growth of the Russian School of Mathematics from a kitchen-table passion project to a school that serves over 20,000 students across the country. But what is "Russian Math," and how does it differ from other approaches?