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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

McKellar hopes her book, Math Doesn’t Suck, makes math more understandable for girls. Included: Examples of problems and activities from the book.
Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica McKellar is also an internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.
McKellar put acting on hold for four years while she majored in math at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). But when she was younger, like many girls, she struggled with math anxiety and thought it was strictly a subject for geeky, socially-and-fashion-challenged guys. (Think white shirts, Hush puppies, and pocket protectors.)
To help demystify math and make it more user-friendly for girls, McKeller wrote
Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Breaking a Nail or Losing Your Mind, a book aimed at pre-teen and teen “girly girls.”
It is Danica's first book. "I am write about something that has been a passion for me so long: encouraging girls in math!" she said. The book includes tips to avoid mistakes on homework, ways to overcome test-day anxiety and profiles of three beautiful mathematicians, who are successful in their careers because they've mastered math.
Article by Ellen R. Delisio

I recommend this book as an excellent resource for middle school girls.

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