## The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every ChildA 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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User Review - RobinJacksonPearson - LibraryThingThe 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

User Review - Not Available - Book VerdictMighton 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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