Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

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Hardcover, Hudson Street Press, 2007, ISBN13 9781594630392, ISBN10 1594630399

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Read Danica McKellar's posts on the Penguin Blog
From a well-known actress and math genius--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.

About this item

Read Danica McKellar's posts on the Penguin Blog
From a well-known actress and math genius--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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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Aug 2007
ISBN-13: 9781594630392
ISBN-10: 1594630399
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 297
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.14
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0
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THIS BOOK IS AWESOME
1/14/2008

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5.0 stars 1/14/2008 by Thrifty2
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I bought my daughter this book and she loves it. She is not a fan of math, but this book has turned her thinking around. She has also adopted Danica McKeller as a role model which is very comforting to a mother of a 12 year old girl considering todays options. The book has all kinds of fun things to change a young girls perspective on math being scary, boring or nerdy. Great book! I would definietly reccomend it. Oh and Borders is selling the same hardcover book for double the price!

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Excellent teaching tool
9/12/2007

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This book made math fun for a struggling 9th grader. Clear and concise explanations.

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Daughter is now Reading!
1/3/2008

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My 14 year old never wants to read a book. After purchasing this book for her, she has already read through half of the book!! She says she loves it! Great investment!!

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Bought the book for my 6th grader. Read the whole book before even giving it as a gift. Very helpful for parents also. Would highly recommend this book for anyone who is not so good in math.

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