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Everard Barrett and His Effective Math program! Guest Blog from Mark Stolzberg, Ph.d.

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Everard Barrett and His Effective Math program!  Guest Blog from Mark Stolzberg, Ph.d.
"Knowing Professor Barrett was an absolute highlight of my personal and professional lives."  - Mark Stolzberg, Ph.d.  
Early research done in New York public schools showed that adding Professor B Math to their program accelerated at-risk students to many grade levels above their peers.

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Number Sense and Fiveness

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Number Sense is a complex understanding of the meaning of a number.  Number sense is not memorizing a sequence of names of numbers and reciting them, like an advertisement jingle.  Number sense is not memorizing facts such as one plus four equals five. Let's think about the number five. Five has character qualities like a person has personality.  What do we know about five-ness?  Being five means being half of ten, a very convenient thing!  Being five means having parts such as two, three and four.  Being five is like a four sided box with a dot in the middle...

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Why is Professor B Different?

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Why is Professor B Different?

Professor B Power Learning Mathematics for Children is different from other math curricula.  Why?

  • Professor B Math is NOT based on rote memorization of facts and formulas.
  • Professor B Math is not broken down into fragmented skills.
  • Professor B Math is not tied to grade levels
  • Professor B Math does not require the teacher to be an experienced math teacher to use the program.

 

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More about Word Problems!

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How can I help my student think clearly about word problems in math?   The confusion often lies in the fact that academic language can sometimes use words which are commonly used in everyday language, but in math, they mean something quite precise or even different.  For example, the word 'difference' is a word students know to mean 'not the same as'.  However, in mathematics, the word 'difference' is the solution to a subtraction problem.   The steps that I mentioned in my last blog post about word problems are these: 1. Read!  Have the student read aloud the word problem, in...

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Those pesky word problems!

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Kids get lost in the tangle of the words in those pesky word problems.   

Here are some steps for solving word problems:  Remember, the one doing the talking is the one doing the learning!

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