Build Math Confidence  July 2019 Volume 122
Math Confidence Events 
Wednesday July 17 Engineering Your Future Manhattan College
Thursday August 8 Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Blog Post: Why Learn to Do Math by Hand?

My chairman who is 20 years my junior has lit upon an old idea: help students understand Math without the crutch of a calculator.  This summer, I will teach arithmetic along with algebraic and geometric skills to rising college freshmen to boost their analytical skills, critical thinking and mathematical breadth.  One of the goals is to help students see how much understanding the times tables contributes to the knowledge and skills for high school and college Math. 
Read the entire blog post here
Promoting Summer Learning aka Preventing Summer Slide
Students often have reading assignments over summer break but not necessarily Math homework/review -- here are some ideas and links to keep the mind sharp and the numbers flowing:
Math Mammoth Placement Tests
Jo Boaler's Article on Improving Math Skills and Attitudes
Stanford professor Jo Boaler wrote this May 2019 NCTM article on an intervention  improving middle schoolers' Math skills and Math attitudes.  
Published in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, it encourages teachers to  "Engage your learners through tasks proven to significantly promote reasoning and problem solving, which touch on many of the Mathematics Teaching Practices in Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All." . 
Boaler writes: 
"I knew from many research studies that students would be helped if they were actively engaged in mathematics, solving creative and rich problems, and if they believed in their potential (Boaler 2016; 2015). I did not, however, expect the huge positive change the students made in their achievement, their beliefs about themselves, and their relationship with mathematics."
Brain Puzzler 
A wooden cube that is 20 cm on each side is composed of 1 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm  cubes.  If you paint the outside of the cube blue, how many cubes will have no blue paint?
What if the 20 x 20 x 20 cm cube is composed of 2 cm x 2 cm x 2 cm cubes?

Click here  for the solution to June's  Brain Puzzler
Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz        
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