Build Math Confidence  April 2017 Volume 95
Upcoming Math Confidence Event
Saturday April 29  New York City Math Project Lehman College Bronx, NY
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychology professor at  Claremont Graduate University who  invented the concept of flow " also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity."
Although this book is over 20 years old, it has timeless wisdom that will help you think about how to create optimal experiences in your life.  
My personal theory is that doing and learning Math can inspire the zone and can help people experience a flow event.  This book recommends that happiness can be experienced most by people who are  autotelic or purposeful.  Check out the  TED Talk and/or read the  TED Talk Transcript.
                                              Great Leaps
Great Leaps Reading, Language and Math Intervention Programs are designed to help students achieve and surpass grade level.  While most students will use calculators in high school and beyond, knowing Math facts helps people learn and enjoy Math more.
" This book is the cornerstone skill to mathematics. It teaches 0-9 tables to automaticity."
Great Leaps Math Intervention
Tested: The Movie
The high school admissions process in NYC is often more complex than the college admissions process. There are 8 high schools that depend on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) given to about 30,000 8th graders in NYC every Fall.  The movie profiles a dozen students during their 8th grade through the testing and admission process of New York City high school selection.  
PASSNYC is an organization that "aims to identify talented underserved students within New York City's underperforming school districts in order to increase the diversity of students taking the SHSAT." Some of PASSNYC's partners that help students learn the content needed for the exam are: Admission Squad, ESPI, and the 
DREAM program for SHSAT Prep.
2016-2017 SHSAT Handbook from NYC DOE  contains two sample exams although the SHSAT will be modified for the Fall 2017 exam .   Here is a link to find out more:  About the Film Tested
Brain Puzzle

Find the area of the shaded region.  (Thanks to AMC for this great brain puzzle)

Answer to March's Brain puzzler: 28 
Click  here for the solution to March's Brain Puzzle

Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz        
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