Math Mind: The Simple Path to Loving Math (Hardcover)

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Bust the math myths that are holding you and your kids back and learn the joys of numeracy with this one-of-a-kind resource for parents, educators, and policymakers

Shalinee Sharma is one of the world’s top experts on math learning, but when she was in school, she sat in the back row, unsure if she could ever master the subject. Many of us buy into the idea that some people are innately good at math and others just won’t ever succeed at it—but it’s not true, and numeracy is as important as literacy when it comes to opening doors in life.
    Sharma shows how complex problem solving and puzzle solving, abstract and logical thinking, and cultivating a growth mindset are crucial skills for success that can be taught to everyone, and how math, far from being a dry, dull exercise, shares common ground with art, creativity, and wonder. She also explodes the myths that prevent us from enjoying math, with chapters dedicated to the three roadblocks that discourage adults and kids from learning.
    With instructive line drawings throughout, Sharma explains the math instinct that all humans have from birth, and better, more intuitive ways to solve math problems. For anyone who has ever thought you’re “bad at math” but wants to get good—for your children and for yourself—Math Mind contains the guidance, takeaways, and specific approaches you need to learn to love numbers.

About the Author

Shalinee Sharma is a math expert and the CEO and cofounder of Zearn, a nonprofit educational organization behind the top-rated math-learning platform used by one in four elementary-school students and by one million middle-school students nationwide. In addition to her role at Zearn, she serves on the Braven board of directors, is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and serves as cochair of the Brown University Advisory Council for the College. She has a master of business administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. A child of refugees, Sharma is passionate about universal access to an excellent education.

Praise For…

"This book should be read by every parent and educator — those who love math and, especially, those who think they do not." --Emily Oster, New York Times bestselling author, Cribsheet, and CEO & Founder of ParentData

“Whether you were a math kid or not, your own kid needs to be. What's more, whether you thought of yourself as a math kid or not, you were. Part manifesto, part reflection, part how-to guide---Math Mind will convince you that math is a language anyone can learn when properly taught, and a joy that's never too late or too early to discover.” –Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author, Grit, and Professor, University of Pennsylvania

“This brilliant book opens the doors to the future of math education. It is hands down the most engaging and best-researched book on learning math I’ve ever encountered. Don't miss this masterpiece—the children in your life will thank you as they flourish.”--Barbara Oakley, PhD, author of the bestselling A Mind for Numbers and instructor of Coursera’s online course favorite Learning How to Learn

“Shalinee Sharma proves that math anxiety stems from how it is taught, not the difficulty of the subject. There is no math gene and anyone can develop a math mind. I will be using this book to teach my son how to solve math problems and to prove that systematic learning is creative and fun! If you love math, read this book! If you’re scared of math, definitely read this book!”Kristy Shen, author of Quit Like a Millionaire

"In this timely and accessible book, Shalinee Sharma challenges not only the way we’ve been teaching math but also the way we’ve been conceptualizing it—as the province of a select few. She demonstrates that all kids can be 'math kids,' enjoying not only a greater chance of success in life but also an appreciation of the beauty of numbers."—Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap

“If I had a magic wand, I’d want every parent and math teacher in America to read this book. Shalinee Sharma proves that math can be creative, beautiful, wondrous and soothing, and it should be taught that way.” —Amanda Ripley, New York Times bestselling author, The Smartest Kids in the World

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593543504
ISBN-10: 0593543505
Publisher: Avery
Publication Date: August 6th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English