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Hello again!

In this newsletter, we will have some

~Maria

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1. Math Mammoth news

2. What kind of PRAISE should we give to our children & students? (grades PreK-12)

3. What About the Kids? (all ages)

4. Free worksheets: ratio word problems, GCF, LCM (grades 5-8)

5. Find your age using chocolate math 2013 (grades 3-12)

**Math Mammoth Grade 6-A**, revised version is now available. I am releasing it ahead of schedule (while 6-B is being under construction) for those people's sakes who want to use it for this school year.

Download a sample file (PDF) here.

You can read about the changes between the old and the new versions here.

Order it at Kagi store here -- you will need to scroll far down.-
Now available for downloading -
**catalogs**for Math Mammoth products. Choose from the list below. All are PDF files.

Light Blue Series Catalog (PDF download, 6.8 MB)

Blue Series Catalog (PDF download, 14.4 MB)

Golden and Green Series Catalog (PDF download, 4.8 MB)

Recently I have been studying a free, online course titled How to Learn Math by professor Jo Boaler from Standford University. It has been really GREAT - I have really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I am planning to write about the things I'm learning... in order to help all of us become better teachers.

The first thing - and this comes straight from NEUROSCIENCE research - is about

The stunning result is that

Instead, we should praise them (somewhat sparingly) for their

The way it works is this: when you praise a child for being smart, that child comes to BELIEVE it is smart. Then, later on, when a task or problem comes along (and it will!) where the child struggles and cannot do it easily, the child will start

It is producing what the scientists call "

And, this "fixed mindset" is already created in the first 3 years of life... as parents praise their babies for being smart.

Instead, we should strive for a "growth mindset", and to see difficult tasks as OPPORTUNITIES for growth. With effort, you can

Here's something I found amazing:

Then, when you

They have also found that people with growth mindset experience MORE brain growth from mistakes than people with fixed mindset.

See this video by Carol Dweck, where children were first given easy puzzles, and they were praised in two different ways (praised for being smart or praised for effort). The researchers then observed the difference in the children's attitudes when they were given much harder puzzles to solve.

I was told this song was originally written back in 2002. It is titled

Feel free to share it on Facebook!

La canción tiene subtítulos que son en español.

Listen to more songs by 24K Gold on FB.

Worksheets for the greatest common factor (GCF) and the least common multiple (LCM)

Worksheets for basic ratio word problems

Both of these are targeted especially for 6th grade, but of course are useful for any level where you study these concepts (typically middle school).

You can read this online here.

I am one of the crowd, and LOVE it. It feel its taste is nothing short of awesome. It's superb, exquisite, fantastic... can't find words for it. (I'm pretty sure you agree!)

I've also often thought about this little fact: the main product they make of the cacao tree, cocoa solids, is extremely

You probably know that cocoa powder, too, is very yucky and bitter by itself. That is, unless they've used the "Dutch process" to remove the bitterness, but then they ALSO end up removing the special components and antioxidants that make chocolate healthy. That's not what I'm looking for though.

This reminds me of the

But if it

Here's something fun.

Don't tell me your age; you'd probably lie anyway; but the

DON'T CHEAT!

This takes less than a minute!

Work this out as you read — or use your

This is not one of those waste-of-time things — it's fun!

- First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would
*like*to have chocolate. (You will have easier calculations if this is less than 10... but the method WILL work even if you need to use 34 or 182 :^) - Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold).
- Add 5.
- Multiply it by 50 — I'll wait while you get the calculator. Though, I'd
*rather*you do it MENTALLY. Here's a trick for that: multiply it by 100 first, then take half of it. - If you have already had your birthday this year, add 1763. If you haven't, add 1762.
- Now subtract the four-digit year that you were born.
- You should now see the number you picked in the beginning (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week), followed by...

**your age**! (As a two-digit number.)

Oh YES, it is!!!!!

(Hurry! This will ONLY work during this year... 2013!)

Your next task is, of course :-), to figure out WHY it works - using some basic algebra!

If you can't... the solution is here.

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Till next time,

Maria Miller

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