Synopses & Reviews
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With over 50 combined years teaching basic math through calculus as well as consulting with math anxious students, Cheryl Ooten and Kathy Moore offer a wealth of creative ideas for all math students to overcome negative perceptions about math and develop the needed math study skills for success.
Managing the Mean Math Blues teaches students how to develop their own power to produce the desired proficiency in math. Students turn failure into success as they uncover secrets of successful math students and practice these new techniques with universal basic math concepts.
The second edition offers:
--Stronger and more math study skills content
--Added chapter to practice new skills on algebra
--Increased focus on the powerful "flow with math" technique
--The best strategies for overcoming math anxiety
--Teacher Resource Booklet
Watch students flourish as they put these cutting-edge techniques into practice and achieve a new level of confidence in the math abilities in the classroom."
“It’s a great book! I hope math. faculty will take advantage of having a book available that combines the cognitive and affective combined approaches to teaching math.”
Joan Totten Ferris State University
“This is the book that I wish I had 35 years ago when I first started teaching math. The book neatly packages ideas, strategies, and tools in a way that readers understand, accept, and apply to learning math and any other challenging topic….Managing the Mean Math Blues, 2e is first book to clearly incorporate psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, neuroplascity, visualization, relaxation, study skills, into a book that addresses and offers tools and strategies to overcome math anxiety.”
Justine Wong
“The content is sound, the tone of the book is very supportive, and there is just enough content but not too much.”
Nancy D. Eschen Florida Community College at Jacksonville
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Synopsis
Is it possible for math-phobic students to learn math? Yes! Not only can they learn math, they can excel by learning the truly unique techniques in Managing the Mean Math Blues. Written by an experienced math teacher and psychotherapist, this book helps students overcome their negative perceptions about math using positive psychology, brain-based learning, and study skills techniques. Students turn failure into success as they practice these new skills on basic math content. With clear psychological models for concentration and focus (called flow) into math, students learn how to match their skills with math challenges, set short-term goals and seek feedback in order to learn math successfully.
About the Author
Cheryl Ooten , Mathematics Professor Emeritus, Santa Ana College, has taught all levels of mathematics from basic math through calculus counseling math anxious students for over 30 years. A licensed psychotherapist, Cheryl is currently a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University pursuing her continuing interest in student success and math education.
Kathy Moore, Mathematics Professor, Santiago Canyon College, enjoys sharing her love of mathematics with the math anxious student. Outside of teaching people mathematics, she trains and shows her five dogs in obedience competitions around the country. Kathy lives in Norco, California with her husband and the canine pack.
Table of Contents
Dedication
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1–Begin with Facts
Student Success Stories
Student Success Story: Alex Solano
Chapter 2–Flow with Math
Student Success Story: Isabella Vescey
Chapter 3–Learn How You Learn
Student Success Story: Enrique De Leon
Chapter 4–Time Yourself Successfully
Student Success Story: Sarah Kershaw
Chapter 5–Bridge Gaps with Study Skills
Student Success Story: The Tortoise and the Hares
Chapter 6–Use All Your Resources
Student Success Story: Jazmin Hurtado
Chapter 7–Take Charge of Testing
Student Success Story: Carlos Ordiano
Chapter 8–Make Strong Math Memories
Student Success Story: Joel Sheldon
Chapter 9–Solve Problems Systematically
Advice for Struggling Math Students
Chapter 10–Manage Math Anxiety
Poem by Victoria Stephenson
Chapter 11–Neutralize Negative Math Thoughts & Behaviors
Chapter 12–(Optional) Consider Algebra
Appendix
Problem Solving Index
Index