You Don't Have To Know Common Core Math
One of the primary complaints I see on social media has to do with "new" math. Common Core gets the blame, but what parents don't often understand is that a major part of the standards is promoting multiple ways to solve problems (not just the traditional algorithms we learned in our day). It's a great way to get kids to think flexibly. 

That being said, we don't expect you to master all the strategies. That's your student's job. We know you want to help your kiddo, but the best thing you can do is encourage and keep an open mind. We shouldn't be sending anything home that we haven't taught in class. So if there are tears at home and your child is struggling, let us know. That's our job.