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Skipping A Grade In Math Made Easier

(NAPS)—Subtracting a whole grade of math from their studies is an equation most students would approve of—and a new workbook is making it easier.

It’s not unusual for the students of math teacher Richard Fisher to skip a grade of math. Each year about half of his sixth grade math students move directly to eighth-grade algebra.

His students may be able to master math faster because Fisher, winner of the Intel Innovations in Teaching Award, has found a way to make math less dull.

To help his students, Fisher created a workbook, Mastering Essential Math Skills: 20 Minutes a Day to Success.

The workbook was written to complement and supplement basic math texts but can also be used as core curriculum

“The books quickly motivate students and create confidence and excitement, which leads to success,” said Fisher.

Each workbook in this series provides concise, non-intimidating, self-contained lessons, paced drills and requires only 20 minutes per day. Fisher has noticed that students who use the workbook not only master math skills but maintain the skills and reinforce them through the consistent review built into each lesson.

The 144-page “Elementary Edition” covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percents, geometry, number theory, algebra, integers, charts and graphs, probability and statistics and a word problem chapter. The drills stress student involvement and quick thinking.

The one-page daily lesson opens with four review exercises, two speed drills on addition and multiplication and oral work. New material is introduced with two sample exercises and a helpful hints section, before working on 10 problems. A daily word problem closes the lesson.

The “Middle Grades Edition” covers similar material in a slightly faster-paced way for kids who are a year or two older but still need to brush up on the same basic math and pre-algebra.

“You will definitely be ready for Algebra I after completing either of the workbooks,” said Fisher.


 Education Hints
New Hope For Kids Struggling With Math

(NAPS)—Getting out of high school without the basic math skills doesn’t add up. But that’s what is happening to many youngsters. The end result is many students are totally unprepared for college, a profession—even life.

There is encouraging news however. Two new books are now available that help students to master essentials math skills, one version for elementary and another for middle grades. The books, written by Rick Fisher, a veteran fifth-sixth grade math instructor and winner of “Intel Innovations In Teaching Award,” are aptly entitled Mastering Essential Math Skills.

Each book contains a highly successful mathematics teaching system that is reported to produce amazing results. In Fisher’s words, “The books quickly motivate students and create confidence and excitement which lead to success, including being an excellent prep for high school exit exams. The results speak for themselves.”

Each year, about one-half of his sixth grade students bypass the seventh grade and move directly to an advanced eighth grade algebra program. Educators say the books are most beneficial not just for the classroom but also for home schooling. They are also excellent teaching tools when working with kids whose English skills are limited.

The easy-to-follow math programs require only twenty minutes of instruction per day, and the lessons are concise and self-contained. Each book comes with the fail-safe assurance to try free for 30 days, or a full refund.