FEEL GOOD STORIES
Over the years I've had the chance to work with some amazing kids. Some experiences are so awesome that they stick with you for a lifetime. Though we have the standard testamonials, I'd like to share the stories behind them. Though I changed their names, their stories are real.
I did a presentation at the Calgary City Teachers' Convention and presented on The Math Stories. Afterwards one teacher asked if I would do a presentation at his school. He explained that his school was an academy for kids that couldn't function in the regular school system. All those that had learning disabilities or classroom problems that made it impossible for them to succeed in the classroom were in this school and were now in groups of no more than six students with specialized instruction.
He asked if another teacher could join us and I said of course her class was welcome. He corrected me saying that I would be just the teacher as it would be too much to have 12 of these kids in the same room. We chatted more and he mentioned the other teachers in his school were interested, 8 classes in all. I told him I was willing to work with all the kids so they could get the first hand experience. I said either the teachers could take care of the discipline issues, or they could let met take control and they could just watch. He looked at me like it was my first day teaching kindergarten, but agreed.
One teacher warned me about Sadie, one of the grade 5 girls. Sadie was a sweet kid, but had no skills in math. She only worked on life skills because the teaching staff felt there was no point. I asked if they would mind if I tried. I got the same look.
I've taught The Math Stories a thousand times and know how long it takes for the 'light to go on' for each child. I would ask the same questions knowing exactly how to lead the students through the process of finding the answers. After I handed the sheets out to each group I saw Sadie's hand go up. I said I'd be right there and I spent a few minutes getting another group settled. Her hand went up again as I quickly explained details to another group.
When I finally got to her I apologized, but told her I could now work with her until she got it. She said, "That's ok, I got it."
I knew those words meant "Nevermind, I don't want to ask anymore."
I said, "No problem. I understand. By the way, which question were you working on?" I knew the rest of the room would be roughly on question 4 of 12 and I still had a little time to try again. She explained that she got it and was done the entire sheet and was now working on the second page. She got it. This girl that most had given up on, in a class of in a school of students in the same boat and she was the last on the list. It was easy for her and for the first time, she was able to understand numbers.
She did more in an afternoon than most kids do in an entire year.
Dallas didn’t even make it to my grade five class before he started crying. A couple students and teachers let me know that I had a student down at the office on the first day of school. I walked down and found him blubbering, full on blubbering. I didn’t know what to do, because normally, I have only two crying episodes during the year and never on the first day. Not because I don’t think kids shouldn't cry, we just have a pretty easy-going class. Usually the episodes are after someone has come in from recess when a soccer game fell apart.
Dana moved to our school from the closest city, Edmonton. Her mom said she needed to get out because they wanted to label her. She knew her daughter was smart, but no one in the school could see it. Teachers and administration were convinced that she had a learning disability. They did all kinds of tests to see what disorder or condition she had so they could put her in a special class.
One of the first times I ever taught the math stories with my niece. We spent about two hours, going through each math fact, telling a story that connected all the numbers. It was when I first got into learning about memory palaces, and having a photographic memory. I wanted to try it out to see if you could teach math young children.
Austin has ADD and is NOT medicated. Your program is still the easiest and most engaging
way he has learned anything!
Summer Lewis, Austin and Blake's mom. Toronto, Canada
SO SURPRISED. I had high hopes, but these were surpassed on the first day. I couldn't
believe the excitement & confidence in my 2 kids for... Math!! Very happy to recommend to
all other school parents.
- Jennifer Hungerford, Victoria and Jack's mom, Vancouver, Canada
" My 10 year old daughter is a very visual learner and she picked this method up extremely
easily. She enjoyed herself as well, and really enjoyed being successful! As she has dyslexia
and dyscalculia this was a real confidence booster for her. Just yesterday she had trouble
telling the time on an analog clock and I told her to multiply 7 by 5 minutes
(she was trying to count it up) and with only a split second later she told me it was 35...
When she realized how quickly she can get the correct answer the smile on her
face was absolutely priceless!
- Melanie Arabsky Ledger, Mila's mom. Vancouver. Canada
I am very much excited for my daughter because she said. "Now Mom, I LOVE MATH"
- June Aohera Flores, Jenny's mom. Vancouver, Canada