Got your sharpened No. 2 pencils? Graph paper? Protractors? It is definitely back-to-school time. Whether your little genius attends public or private school or learns at home with you, as a parent you can look forward to afternoons at the kitchen table talking about multiplication tables, coordinate geometry and trigonometry.

Maybe this thought scares you a little. Maybe you are worried that you won’t be able to help your kid when she’s confused. Maybe you hate the way she’s taught math. Those are all great reasons to focus on math education this month. Throughout September, I’ll bring you posts that help boost your confidence and even understand the math your kid is doing. I’ll have guest posts about math anxiety— a huge problem for lots of kids (and adults) — and I’ll continue bringing you Math at Work Mondayinterviews, from people with cool jobs that your kids want to have.

Have questions that you want to see addressed this month? Ask them in the comments section or send us an email. I’ll track down the answers, so that you can feel good about the math your kid is learning and your role in that process.

To start off, let’s revisit some of the most popular Math for Grownups posts of all time. In this short series, I asked teachers, parents and kids what they wanted from each other when it comes to math education. And boy howdy, did they tell me! See if you recognize yourself in any of these lists.

Five Things Math Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Ten Things Students Wish Math Teachers Knew

Ten Things Parents Wish Math Teachers Knew

So what are you waiting for? Ask your questions in the comments section. Let’s get back to school!

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