Over christmas break, I did a bit of light reading.
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I am definitely not the target market for this book. I am not a 13 year old girl. But, 13 year old girls have been on the wrong end of Barbie’s “Math is hard” message for too many years.
This book does an admirable job of breaking through that barrier. GCF is taught by comparing ex-boyfriends to the current one. Babysitting leads to rational numbers. Ratios are introduced by examining how much time is spent talking on the phone.
It’s not the problems that make it different, though – it’s that it’s written in the style of girltalk – heavy on the personal revelations, emotional issues take precedence over the nuts and bolts. It feels as if it’s something that’s whispered between friends hiding under a blanket. And all throughout, there’s positive reinforcement about how easy this is, as long as you just stick with it for a bit.
Thrown in are anecdotes about celebrity life, horoscopes, and travel tips.
Even though the book is overall a plus, there are a couple of things missing. The explanations are mostly procedural – there’s not a lot of deeper connection. And as a teacher, I can’t pull the good parts into the classroom. Coming from a 47 year old man, it would be awkward at best.
I think I’ll leave it sitting in the pen tray for the whiteboard, and see who picks it up.