I’ve got two rising 7th graders who start school next week. One of them is in accelerated math, and the other is moving up to accelerated math. So we’re doing some work to get him caught up, and polish some rusty skills. Today was calculating the area of a circle. Calculators only to check answers. All long multiplication and long division. I’m pretty rusty myself. If I could just get them to be more formal in their problem solving. They tend to skip steps, or try to lump steps together. I hope it doesn’t get any harder. I’m a musician, for God’s sake, and I only have to count to three to play music.