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It never fails. Every year I get new students that have only ever been taught mathematics from a methodological/procedural perspective. They fight me. Then they either leave honors for regular, or they hop on board. Recently a parent asked how to help his son acquire conceptual understanding. I was taken back. I had never been asked that by a parent. Usually they just ask about my availability outside of class and a list of tutors. What resources do I suggest he use to help his son make the big switch? Any suggestions? I know where I got my perspective. It was a slow process that was a product of my exposure to the history of mathematics, but this father can't exactly take that road.
I'm curious what you (and your parents) mean by conceptual understanding - can you maybe talk through what that looks like a bit?