Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 10: Making Math Playful (aka Why I Hate Tests and Worksheets) with Ms. Math

Rachel McAnallen Ph.D.
Running time: 48:42

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  1. Ilysa on April 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    So fun! This was so wonderful. Was feeling so down about my son and his resistance to math, but THIS he would LOVE. You were speakin’ his language. Thank YOU!

  2. April on October 22, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Rachel you are absolutely uplifting. I really enjoyed the way you approach the correct answer to a different question and all your ways of teaching in fun and better understood ways.
    Would enjoy you as a mentor!

  3. Khuloud Alsulaiteen on October 10, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Amazing !!
    My 3 quirky kids struggle with math because of their Anxiety and they always question their selves why we need to be tested for math?
    Exactly if our schools just link math to our kids daily practices that would be awesome and make sense for them.
    Thank you so much

  4. Judith on September 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    What fun!

  5. Janet on September 19, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Can you imagine if we all had a Dr. Rachel to teach us math? Wow. What a different world it would be. She is something special for sure. Love that she got her Ph.D. at 75. She certainly helped me understand math better and I think we’ll try playing tops and bottoms. Her hands-on math approach reminded me much more of how Montessori schools teach math. Perhaps that’s how my daughter ended up testing many grade levels above her age. She certainly didn’t get those skills from me.

  6. Karen Taylor on September 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you, Rachel, for mentioning “The Man Who Knew Infinity” movie, and such poignant details about Srinivasa Ramanujan. This movie deeply impacted my son and I while giving us an entirely new perspective on Math plus life; I highly recommend parents watching this with their children. I really enjoyed hearing you today, and appreciate Debbie for bringing you to us! All the speakers for Week 1 were phenomenal, Debbie; you are so appreciated!

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on September 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Karen, Thanks so much for your kind words. They are much appreciated. This would be a great movie for us to screen as a group in the IdeaLab!

  7. Laurie on September 19, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Yes! Mad Math, Rocket Math and similar programs, combined with a teacher who said he only had questions in Algebra because he needed to pay attention (with an ADHD diagnosis), all destroyed my son’s enjoyment and confidence in math. Yet he solves my Soduko puzzles over my shoulder! Just told me the other day that he needs to put the Soduko app back on his phone. Numbers games and puzzles definitely help.

  8. Renee Klee on September 19, 2019 at 8:28 am

    This was the best!!! So many tips and suggestions

  9. Erin on September 19, 2019 at 6:23 am

    SO wonderful! This was an awesome talk! Thank you!

  10. Melissa on September 19, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Fascinating! Can you please show us how this is done at middle and high school levels for geometry, algebra, calc, and trig??!!!!

  11. Grethel on September 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Allison Rose on September 18, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    THAT was absolutely wonderful. Thank you.

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