Math Doesn't Suck: How To Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind Or Breaking A Nail
ISBN: 0452289491
EAN13: 9780452289499
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 1, 2008
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.14 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

From a well-known actress, math genius and popular contestant on Dancing With The Stars--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.

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   I love this book
I adore this book. Danica casts you in real life situations and uses math to help you understand how to apply and solve math problems within these real life situations. She explains everything clearly and also gives you little tricks on the way to help make math faster and easier. I bought this for my 13 year old to help her stay from a different perspective than she did last year in school, and help her understand her math skills during the summer months.
   Math can be really fun too.
I love this book so much. I picked it up as an act of self-defense. All the kids in our group are at this age, and I wanted to make sure that I remembered everything before the questions started. Gotta keep looking like I know stuff and hopefully keep some of my cool cred. I know that this book is geared towards girls and keeping them engaged. I am a big fan and work in a STEM industry, so I can see how important it is to teach girls. However, I have not seen much in this book that would make Middle School boys EWWWWWW. She talks about birthday cakes, monkeys, etc. Being on the Phone and Pizza ''. It was a great refresher for me and I learned a couple of shortcuts that I did not know before. YAY is responsible for this book.
   Love these books!
Danica McKellar works wonders with mathematics -- she explains processes in a sane, understandable matter and her instruction in interspersed with life lessons. Excellent resource for middle school girls who need a confidence boost with math skills... and some sound advice in dealing with life's lessons as well.
   Thank God for this book
I bought this for my little sister's boyfriend and hopefully it helps her because she is a mathophobe. I read it and it provides for your girl many helpful concepts and memory tricks. There is also a website that should help even more. It helps your girl to be confident and learn math in a fun way!
   ... approach to getting the interest of your readers was excellent. I have a background in math and I ...
I found the book refreshing and after reading a few chapters, I could see this approach as an excellent way to get the attention of your readers. I have a background in mathematics and I even learned a few things from the book. I plan on ordering a copy for my other great grandson and plan on ordering a copy of all books for my library. I know that the audience for this series of the book is teenage girls. I, however, would like to see a version directed at teenage boys. They are also having problems with math.
   Does what it says on the cover
This is a brilliant book for learning math's basics. It covers the rules and gives some handy quick tips for dealing with problems. I particularly like the tip Re-flip-recol, the monkeys and pizzas. I bought this for my daughter, who loves math with a passion, but hates pizza. It has helped clear things for her.
   Bought for granddaughter
It hasn 't seem to help her as much as I hoped it would, because she said that the material covered in class was hard to match in the book. But I am willing to think that she may not have spent as much time trying to find the appropriate chapters as I would like her to...
   on behalf of 11 yr old granddaughter...
I've sent this book to my granddaughter in Montana. She is an exceptional student, so I was surprised to hear that she was struggling with middle school math. Danica is a great sport! She wrote me to say thanks ''. This helps! Oh, my dear.
   Written Well.
I bought this book for my 6th granddaughter, who is in 11th grade, because she does not like math. I read some parts of the book and thought it was well written. I do feel that the book is geared towards girls, based on the examples Danica uses in the first few chapters. In her writing, you can feel Danica's excitement towards math.
   Excellent for someone trying to re-learn mathematics...
I used to be really good at math, especially in the middle school, but sadly, I decided to turn away from it and pursue more frivolous interests at that time. Now that I am a lot older, I can see the value in mathematics and even though I may not apply a lot of concepts in my day-to-day, I can see that it is good to have. Miss McKeller does a great job in explaining it in a way that MOST - school books do not do. Making this specific type of math relevant to the person who is just beginning to learn it. I really recommend it ''.