Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail (Hardcover)
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Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail (Hardcover)

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    Read Danica McKellar's posts on the Penguin Blog

    From a well-known actress and math genius—a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators

    As the math education crisis ......more
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Read Danica McKellar's posts on the Penguin Blog

From a well-known actress and math genius—a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators

As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to drop—especially for girls—in large part due to the relentless social conditioning that tells girls they “can’t do” math, and that math is “uncool.” Young girls today need strong female role models to embrace the idea that it’s okay to be smart—in fact, it’s sexy to be smart!

It’s Danica McKellar’s mission to be this role model, and demonstrate on a large scale that math doesn’t suck. In this fun and accessible guide, McKellar—dubbed a “math superstar” by The New York Times—gives girls and their parents the tools they need to master the math concepts that confuse middle- schoolers most, including fractions, percentages, pre-algebra, and more. The book features hip, real-world examples, step-by-step instruction, and engaging stories of Danica’s own childhood struggles in math (and stardom). In addition, borrowing from the style of today’s teen magazines, it even includes a Math Horoscope section, Math Personality Quizzes, and Real-Life Testimonials—ultimately revealing why math is easier and cooler than readers think.

Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica McKellar is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, Danica has been honored in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics and The New York Times for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem, which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.) Her passion for promoting girls’ math education began in 2000, when she was invited to speak before Congress on the importance of women in math and science. Since then, Danica has made it a priority to find time in her busy acting schedule to promote math education, often appearing around the country as a speaker at national mathematics conferences.

Mckellar, Danica
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Mathematics / General
Hudson st Pr
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  • math doesn't suck

    Well, I bought this for my 12 year old who is having trouble in math. I can't get her to read it. However, my 15 year old read it, and highly recommends it. If we could only get my stubborn daughter to read! I am going to try reading it myself, then showing her excerpts from the book. It is a good book.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • new math attitude

    As a person who struggled with math, this book is a genuine goldmine. Successful math education depends, to a great extent, on how it is presented, and this book presents math in a fun and exciting way. The book is geared toward middle school girls. Its examples use items as lip gloss and bracelets that might seem weird to boys. Its female bend may be the major weakness because its over-all fun approach to math can be of help to boys, too (if they can get beyond comparing lip gloss and purses!). It is a very useful book because it defuses the fear and anxiety of math and makes math skills something that can actually be grasped and accomplished. If you need a math make-over, this is the book!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Middle School Math Help

    I'm planning on using this book with the students I tutor. I believe they'll enjoy reading the various topics as they need more help learning them because the author writes in a way that communicates with today's students.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • New Twists on Old Concepts

    I would recommend this book to any elementary or middle school student who is struggling to learn basic mathematical concepts. Also, math teachers who are looking for new ways to introduce old concepts should find something valuable in this book. Although I must admit that some of the language is a bit corny, the messages are pretty straight forward and the examples are easy to understand. More importantly, children should be able to relate to the examples, which is an added value to understanding these math concepts. Great job, Danika!!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Geat for middle schoolers

    My 7th grader has really struggled with math this year, we moved from a state that doesn't put enough effort into educating children to a state that does. My daughter has found it hard to keep up with the other kids who already know stuff that she wasn't taught in the past few years. This book has really helped her. She enjoys reading it and likes the way it uses "real life" situations to explain complex ideas. I would deffinately buy this again and would not hesitate to recomend it to any body who has a girl struggling with math at the middle school level.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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