The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child

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House of Anansi, 2003 - Education - 209 pages
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A student in a remedial class who couldn't count by twos is now in an academic program a year ahead of her grade level. An entire Grade 3 class, including so-called slow learners, scores over 90% on a Grade 6-7 math test. These are just two of mathematician John Mighton's many success stories since he started JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), a not-for-profit organization providing free math tutoring for elementary-level students from low income homes.In The Myth of Ability John Mighton tells JUMP's fascinating story and explains its teaching method with lots of simple examples.
 

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The first third of this book covers the author's inspiring stories of overcoming math difficulties, both in his own life and in the lives of underprivileged children who benefited from the nonprofit ... Read full review

The myth of ability: nurturing mathematical talent in every child

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Mighton believes that anyone can learn mathematics if taught well. In 1998, while earning a Ph.D. in mathematics as a second career path, the award-winning playwright established an educational ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Series of Fortunate Events
9
Myths about Math
17
Copying Counting and Comparing
24
The Failure of Failure
36
Breaking the Cycle of Ignorance
48
The JUMP Method
55
Logic and Systematic Search
175
Finite State Automata
194
Afterword
203
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John Mighton is a mathematician, a playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math. He is the author of the JUMP at Home workbooks and the national bestsellersThe Myth of AbilityandThe End of Ignorance. He has won the Governor General's Literary Award and the Siminovitch Prize for his plays. John Mighton lives in Toronto.

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