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Solving a Math Crisis
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Hey, teachers and parents! In honor of Book Clubs’ Math and Science Week, bestselling author and educator Greg Tang has a special message for you about the work he’s doing to solve a serious math crisis. Students across the country just like Heather are growing up not only disliking math, but downright hating it. This misunderstanding of math has created a culture of math-phobes, students (like me, I’m sorry to say) who avoid doing mental math at all costs for fear of adding incorrectly and being scorned by their peers. Luckily, with websites like Greg Tang’s World of Math that are filled with games and puzzles making math fun, students can take a big step toward building a healthy relationship with math that will last a lifetime.

Dear Teachers and Parents,

This is truly an exciting time for math educators! With new state and Common Core standards, we’re faced with a huge challenge—to develop the thinking skills our students need to be good at math not just now, but when it really matters—in high school, college, and beyond.

So what will it take to get our students ready? First and foremost, they’ll need to be fluent in the language of math: numbers. My games, including Kakooma, BreakApart, Numskill, and Math Limbo, are designed to make kids great with numbers by encouraging them to do thousands of mental calculations in their head—while loving it!

Ten years ago I wrote The Grapes of Math and seven other picture books to help kids learn to think in smart ways. Today my goal is still the same. By combining new technologies with carefully designed games, I’m working to make math so fun and addicting that kids of all ages get the practice they need to be successful.

Kakooma matata!

Greg

 

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  1. Gail

    As a math major and someone who tutors, I see how kids are missing the basics of Math. Greg’s games help with those basics. Simple and effective and fun. Thanks.

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