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Mon 7/24 in Bernardsville, NJ – How to Make Math Magical this Summer

Friday, July 21st, 2017

This Monday, 7/24, I’ll be speaking to parents at the Bernardsville, NJ public library about How to Make Math Magical this Summer!

While summer is the perfect time to catch up on math or get ahead, students typically lose 2.6 months of grade level learning in math each summer.

Come learn how you can use the summer so your child can catch up or get ahead with math without having it be a boring, stressful chore.

Presented by Rebecca Zook, a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert with over 13 years of experience as a thought leader on the cutting edge of math education.

This program is for parents of students in 4th grade through high school.

Talk title: How to Make Math Magical this Summer
This talk is for: parents of students in 4th grade through high school

Date: Mon 7/24
Time: 7 pm
Location: Bernardsville Public Library
1 Anderson Hill Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Cost: Free and open to the public!

And in case you were wondering, there WILL be cello!

Come and join me – and please share with friends who might need help making math magical this summer!

#Bernardsville #NJ #BernardsvillePublicLibrary #makingmathmagical #summermath #mathforparents #mathworkshop #mathconfidence #mathmastery #mathanxiety #mathjoy

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What Parents Of Math-Confident Children Secretly Do (That Typical Parents Don’t) – #4

Friday, May 12th, 2017

4. Math-masterful parents are focused on the long-term process of mastery.

Typical parents focus on just getting math over with.

Math is so stressful that they just want to help their kids complete their homework assignments as quickly as possible.

But this never gets below the surface to the actual root problems that are causing the math anxiety and stress.

In contrast, math-masterful parents focus on whether their child is deeply understanding and internalizing the material, not just getting their homework done.

As part of this, math-masterful parents are proactive, not reactive.

Instead of being in crisis mode, waiting to see if they have math issues, scheduling support only around tests, or reacting to the artificial rhythms of the school year, these parents put support in place consistently and let their child’s mastery needs set the pace.

Like athletes or performing artists, math-masterful families train consistently.

They still take breaks and vacations, but use holidays and summer breaks as a powerful secret compartment to catch up, get ahead, and stay connected to math—to enjoy math on their own terms.

This consistent training develops their own inner math sanctuary that supports them, once they’re back from vacation, no matter what is going on in their classroom or curriculum.

And because they invest this time and energy in consistent math mastery training, they end up having a much more relaxed and happy school year, because their child is actually confident and prepared.

As a quick example of this, one family came to me towards the end of 5th grade after years of struggling with math and not getting what they needed from typical tutoring.

We worked together throughout the summer between 5th and 6th grade—still taking some breaks, but making sure that this student was really connecting to math and loving it.

Her first day back of 6th grade, this student was the only kid in the room who knew what the commutative property was, and nailed question after question after question until her teacher just started laughing!

More recently, a student and I used her spring break as an opportunity to get ahead and really understand logarithms.

Just a few days ago she told me that she was the only student in her class who actually understood them.

And her mom now experiences her daughter’s school vacations as much more relaxing, because there’s no more math dread.

Do you wish your child could go through this same transformation?

I would love to talk to you.

Just fill out this application here.

As soon as your application is received and reviewed, I’ll reach out to schedule a special appointment for us to connect on the phone and get clear on how I could best support your family.

I can’t wait to connect!

Sending you love,
REBECCA

Related posts:
What Parents Of Math-Confident Children Secretly Do (That Typical Parents Don’t) – #1
What Parents Of Math-Confident Children Secretly Do (That Typical Parents Don’t) – #2
What Parents Of Math-Confident Children Secretly Do (That Typical Parents Don’t) – #3

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How to Make Math Magical this Summer: Sat 6/3, 2-3 PM in Mamaroneck, NY

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

I’m super excited to announce:

Making Math Magical, SUMMER EDITION:
How to use the summer to catch up or get ahead
(without burning out or going crazy)
for parents (of students 4th grade through high school)

While summer is the perfect time to catch up on math or get ahead, students typically lose 2.6 months of grade level learning in math each summer.

Many families, even those who enthusiastically embrace summer reading, feel overwhelmed or completely lost when it comes to getting started with doing summer math.

Come learn how you can use the summer so your child can catch up or get ahead with math without having it be a boring, stressful chore, but actually magical, meaningful, fun, and effective, so your child is competent and confident.

You will learn how to:
-create achievable and meaningful summer math goals
-find summer materials that really work for you
-plan, pace and schedule yourself and your child
-fun ways to learn math on the go or on vacation
-access the magic that comes from true math mastery

Everyone will leave with specific tools and strategies to take home and use immediately.

This talk is for: Parents of kids from 4th through 12th grade.

Talk title: Making Math Magical: SUMMER EDITION:
How to use the summer to catch up or get ahead
(without burning out or going crazy)
for parents (of students 4th grade through high school)
When: Saturday, 6/3
2-3 pm
Where: Mamaroneck Public Library
136 Prospect Ave,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Cost: Free!

Please spread the word – I’d love to see you there!

#summermath #summermathforparents #summermathplan #summermathstrategy
#makingmathmagical #mathforparents #mathworkshopforparents #makemathmagicalthissummer #Mamaroneck #NY #MathMastery #MathConfidence #MathAnxiety #parentalmathanxiety

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Making Math Magical, Summer Edition: Thursday 6/1 in Ho-ho-kus, New Jersey!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

I’m super excited to announce:

Making Math Magical, SUMMER EDITION:
How to use the summer to catch up or get ahead
(without burning out or going crazy)
for parents (of students 4th grade through high school)

While summer is the perfect time to catch up on math or get ahead, students typically lose 2.6 months of grade level learning in math each summer. Many families, even those who enthusiastically embrace summer reading, feel overwhelmed or completely lost when it comes to getting started with doing summer math.

Come learn how you can use the summer so your child can catch up or get ahead with math without having it be a boring, stressful chore, but actually magical, meaningful, fun, and effective, so your child is competent and confident.

You will learn how to:
-create achievable and meaningful summer math goals
-find summer materials that really work for you
-plan, pace and schedule yourself and your child
-fun ways to learn math on the go or on vacation
-access the magic that comes from true math mastery

Everyone will leave with specific tools and strategies to take home and use immediately.

This talk is for: Parents of kids from 4th through 12th grade.

Talk title: Making Math Magical: SUMMER EDITION:
How to use the summer to catch up or get ahead
(without burning out or going crazy)
for parents (of students 4th grade through high school)
When: Thursday, 6/1
6.45-8 pm
Where: Worth-Pinkham Library
91 Warren Ave,
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Cost: Free!

Please spread the word – I’d love to see you there!

#summermath #summermathforparents #summermathplan #summermathstrategy
#makingmathmagical #mathforparents #mathworkshopforparents #Hohokus #NewJersey #WorthPinkhamMemorialLibrary #NJ #MathMastery #MathConfidence #MathAnxiety #parentalmathanxiety

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What Parents Of Math-Confident Children Secretly Do (That Typical Parents Don’t) – #3

Friday, May 5th, 2017

There’s a very specific set of PARENT beliefs and behaviors that allows a child to actually go through this life-changing transformation from math freakout to math mastery.

But most parents don’t know about these beliefs and behaviors – and don’t fully understand what a child in math crisis actually needs to become math-confident.

So I am on a mission to educate parents about this!

In my first article in this series, I shared how math-masterful parents see high-level support as normal and desirable, both for their child and for themselves. (Full article here.)

Second, parents of Math Masters are no longer willing to suffer or wait. (Read the full post here.)

And third…

3. Math-masterful parents recognize when it’s time to bring in outside support.

Typical parents do not recognize when their help is no longer moving their child forward.

They tend to deny it, or overcompensate for it.

They tell themselves things like, “Well, even though my daughter’s telling me she never understands my explanations, I’ll just get better at explaining it to her somehow.”

Other typical parents will just continue to acquire more and more information, believing that if they just get the right workbook or alternate curriculum, somehow it will mean they’re suddenly able to connect with their kid.

They tell themselves that, even though they’re completely exhausted,
“I just need to find more energy” (out of nowhere)
or “I just need to be more positive” (even though they’re completely discouraged).

In contrast, math-masterful parents recognize when it’s time to bring in outside support.

For example, a parent came to me because she was locked in a toxic math dynamic with her daughter.

Her daughter refused to do her math homework unless she was sitting next to her mom, but was so anxious that she would trigger her mom’s frustration, and then, massive guilt.

Even though they were working super hard, the daughter’s math grades continued to slide, and she wasn’t truly mastering the material.

This mom recognized that she was not the one to help her daughter, and chose to bring me in to break the pattern.

Now her daughter happily does her math homework independently, and her mom can literally relax and read a book in another room.

Their toxic mother-daughter math dynamic has been totally healed.

Would you like to experience this same transformation, from math freakout to math mastery and confidence?

I would love to connect with you and explore how I could best support your child to truly love math and experience it as master-able and magical.

Just fill out this application here.

Once your application is received, I’ll reach out to schedule a special time for us to talk on the phone and get clear on if my work would make sense for your family.

I can’t wait to connect!

Sending you love,
REBECCA

Related posts:
How to know when it’s time to stop tutoring your own kid
What to do when your kid’s math fills you with dread
Do you wish your kid could feel like Albert Einstein?

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Making Math Magical: Tues 5/16 at the Worth-Pinkham Library in Ho-ho-kus, New Jersey!

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017


I am excited to be presenting
Making Math Magical: How to End the Math Freakout and Raise a Math-Confident Child
on Tuesday, 5/16/2017,
at the Worth-Pinkham Library
in Ho-ho-kus, New Jersey!

You will discover how to support your child to achieve true mastery, rise to the top of their class, and even come to experience math as a source of joy and a type of self-expression. You’ll walk away with clear steps, case studies, and tools that you can use immediately at home to ensure math confidence and success.

This talk is for: Parents of students in Grade 4 through high school who are having a hard time with math and know that something needs to change.

Talk title: Making Math Magical: How to End the Math Freakout and Raise a Math-Confident Child
When: Tuesday, 5/16/2017,
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Worth-Pinkham Library
91 Warren Ave,
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Cost: Free!

Please spread the word – I’d love to see you there!

#makingmathmagical #mathforparents #mathworkshopforparents #Hohokus #NewJersey #WorthPinkhamMemorialLibrary #NJ #MathMastery #MathConfidence #MathAnxiety #parentalmathanxiety

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Making Math Magical: Mon 5/8/2017 at the Westhampton Free Library

Friday, April 14th, 2017


Come and join me for this special talk, Making Math Magical, at the Westhampton Free Library!

Receive groundbreaking tools to build and nurture math confidence.

Discover how to support and help your child achieve true mastery and rise to the top of their class.

Support your child to experience math as a source of joy and a type of self-expression.

Attendees will walk away with clear steps, case studies and tools that can be easily implemented at home to ensure math confidence and success.

Pizza will be provided for attendees.

Date: Mon 5/8/2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: Westhampton Free Library, Children’s Program Room
7 Library Avenue
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Audience: For parents and students in grades 4–12.
Cost: Free!

#Westhampton #WesthamptonFreeLibrary #mathforparents #mathsupportforparents #MathConfidence #MathMastery #MasteryMindset #elementary #highschool #middleschool #LongIsland #LI #mathanxiety

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How to Raise a Math-Confident Daughter: Thursday, April 6th at the Rye Free Reading Room (Rye, NY)

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Come and join me for
How to Raise a Math-Confident Daughter,
Thursday, April 6th
at the Rye Free Reading Room
in Rye, NY!

In 2009, an Intel survey found most parents would rather talk to their kids about drugs and sex than talk to them about math.

Math can be an enormous ource of parental anxiety, where even the most math-confident parents can find themselves stuck when it comes to supporting their own child. Make sure that math anxiety isn’t an obstacle to your child’s dreams.

This talk/workshop will provide you with groundbreaking tools to build and nurture your child’s math confidence.

THIS TALK IS FOR: parents of girls from 4th grade through high school who are having issues with math and know that something needs to change.

DATE: Thursday Apr 6, 2017

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION:
Rye Free Reading Room
(Meeting Room)
1061 Boston Post Rd.,
Rye, NY 10580

COST: Free and open to the public

Please spread the word to families you know who might be interested!

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CASE STUDY: This 11th grader stopped binge eating because the math stress was gone

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Is your child consumed by math anxiety, even though they’re “doing everything right?”

These are some of my favorite students to work with, because I used to struggle with the exact same thing.

When this particular Algebra II/Trig student first came to me, she was making decent grades – Cs, Bs and low As – but at enormous psychic cost.

She would spend hours every night perfectionistically slaving over her math homework, but still feel completely unclear about the material and consumed by math anxiety.

Math felt like a collection of shards of broken glass that she was putting massive energy into “keeping together,” but they never actually fit together or added up to a cohesive whole.

How did she shift from perfectionism to mastery?

Let’s break it down!

1. When this student started working with me, one of the things that really stressed her out was her formulas sheet.

A page covered in things she hadn’t yet learned, that she would eventually have to memorize, many involving symbols or terms she’d never heard of yet, all crammed onto one scary page.

OF COURSE this freaked her out!

So we set the formulas sheet aside.

2. And instead, we built the formulas sheet from scratch – one formula at a time.

First, we started with the simplest, most basic formula, and built it from scratch using foundational concepts that this student already knew, like the Pythagorean formula.

And we’d make it super visual, drawing diagrams that explained why it worked.

Then she’d “teach it back to me” and build it from scratch and draw the diagrams herself.

Then the next session, we’d do the same thing again.

And again.

And again.

Until each formula was totally internalized, and she could build almost the entire formulas sheet from scratch, all by herself.

3. This created massive self-trust.

Not only did this student KNOW all the formulas, she knew WHY they worked, AND she could build them on her own.

Also, taking the time to do this so slowly, in the end, created massive speed.

This student became one of the fastest problem-solvers I’ve ever seen at this level …

BECAUSE she had taken the time to understand the fundamental concepts so meticulously.

The end result was that, without trying to be fast, this student breezed through the material, understanding at a deep conceptual level problems that many other students just experience as a random collection of rules or weird answers spit out by their TI-82.

Now this student experienced math as a cohesive whole, where she belonged, instead of a random collection of disconnected shards.

4. So, how did this play out in her classroom?

As a result of our work, this student’s grades hit the roof.

She was awarded the “most improved student” award by her teacher – in front of her whole school.

She was so much less stressed that she stopped binge eating…
…just because the math anxiety was gone.

And she applied for and won a prestigious internship at a European research-based skin care company in Georgetown, DC – being chosen over COLLEGE STUDENTS!!!

(This is an awesome example of how when math is no longer an obstacle, students can really bring their dreams and visions out into the world.)

Do you have a child who is struggling with this kind of math anxiety?

Maybe they’re actually getting good grades, but not really understanding how the pieces fit together.

Or maybe their grades have started to suffer.

Either way, I’d love to connect with you get clear on whether or not my work would be a fit for your child.

Just fill out this application to get started: fill out your application here

I am so excited to connect!

Sending you love,
REBECCA

Related Articles:
Case Study: A 5th grader goes from believing “Math Doesn’t Like Me” to singing and dancing about math while wearing a purple tutu
Afraid Your Math Teacher Will Judge You?
Case Study: A 10th grader goes from feeling like math is a foreign language to becoming the most called-upon student in her class
The Treachery of Invisible Math Anxiety

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Making Math Magical at the Manalapan, NJ Public Library: Monday, 3/20

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

[NJ math butterfly forecast] Come and join me in Manalapan, NJ to learn how to make math magical and raise a math-confident daughter or son! Monday, 3/20, 6.30-7.30 pm!

Talk title: Making Math Magical: How to Raise a Math-Confident Daughter or Son

Audience: This talk is for parents of students from 6th through 12th grade who are having trouble with math and know something needs to change.

Date: Monday, 3/20

Time: 6.30-7.30 pm

Location: Headquarters Branch of the Monmouth County Library
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07726-3249

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Please spread the word to families you think may be interested.

I would love to see you there!

Sending you love,
REBECCA
#makingmathmagical #Manalapan #Monmouth #MonmouthPublicLibrary #ManalapanPublicLibrary #NewJersey #NJ #mathforparents #mathconfidence #mathanxiety #mathjoy #makingmathmagical #STEM #STEAM #MATHMASTERY