Parents and teache's have been looking for a fresh approach to make math more interesting and memorable. This series of books uses a unique Story Format, introducing startling characters whose looks and personalities are intrinsic to the math concepts and operations they represent. Joan Host developed the approach while teaching remedial math students in a Pennsylvania public middle school. Her first group of 59 students had only three months of twice-weekly classes. Their state math competency test scores increased an average of 58%. The following year, Joan?s new group of students had five months of twice-weekly classes. Scores increased an average of 76%! The lessons were later tested with low English proficiency students in multicultural Jersey City, New Jersey. Besides improvement, there was an unexpected finding in the test results. After completing THE WHOLE NUMBER STORY and its post-test, students took the pretest for the'second book, THE DECIMAL TALE and scored higher than they had on the whole number pretest. This result made clear that taking time to undo old misconceptions of very basic concepts can jumpstart remediation at a higher level. This book can help you accomplish that mission for your students!
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October 24, 2005
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