## 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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#### 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

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User Review - Renjie - GoodreadsVery inspiring anecdotal evidence of what effective scaffolding can do with even the weakest students. Mighton's next book, which I'm currently reading, has more data and analysis of JUMP relative to cognitive research. 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 |