Build Math Confidence  January 2018 Volume 104
 Upcoming Math Confidence Events Thursday January 11 How to Make Math Count  Rockville Center, NYTuesday January 23 When Are We...PD at Rutgers Piscataway, NJWednesday February 7 AMTNJ Winter Conference Monroe Township, NJ
 2018 Math Confidence Program  Many people start the New Year with fitness and physical health goals -- why not make Math one of your 2018 goals?  Sign up for Math Confidence's 2018 Pilot Math Confidence Program at:  http://bit.ly/2018MathConfidence Some suggestions for Math content include:  Khan Academy PreAlgebra,  SAT Question of the Day App,  Buzzmath,  CK12.org,  Kakuro, Memorizing your Math Facts (up to 12 x 12), If you Know Your Math Facts, then try Perfect Squares.
 The 5 Second Rule This book offers a straightforward and easy way to make progress in many areas of life.  According to Mel Robbins, the one-liner definition of the 5 second rule is "If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea."   Counting down 5-4-3-2-1 is like hitting the reset button! This idea can apply to everyday situations such as not hitting the snooze on your alarm clock, sending an email to a prospective employer or date or getting up the nerve to meet someone you see across the room.  And it even has numbers!!! Mel Robbins Interviewed by Lewis HowesMel Robbins on Twitter     Mel Robbins on Facebook
Now that we all have smartphones, a calculator is always at hand.  Prior to the calculator, human computers did Math as seen in the recent movie " Hidden Figures".  This web museum documents the mechanical and electronic calculators of the 20th century as seen in this  Numberphile video with the  Friden EC-132 calculator which will make you appreciate today's technology from TI, Casio or Desmos.   Calculator history goes back to the 1800s as seen in this Timeline of Calculator Development.  For more info on the actual workings of a calculator, visit  How Calculators Work from HowStuffWorks
 Brain Puzzler What is the sum of the digits of the square of 111,111,111? Answer to December's Brain Puzzler: 469 Click here  for the solution to December 's Brain Puzzler Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz