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Teacher shares love of mathematics at symposium

The impossible is happening at Riverland Community Campus this week.

While the third annual Gifted and Talented Symposium goes on, there’s one session that’s doing remarkable work: Someone is making elementary students like math.

Rachel McAnallen’s Math Camp is making a debut at the GTS, although McAnallen has run the program for 27 years in the U.S. and internationally. When she speaks, students listen.



Visiting Teacher Tries To Demystify Math

Rachel McAnallen stood at the front of a classroom of second-graders Thursday morning at Smith School and asked them which activity they wanted to tackle: problems or puzzles.

``Puzzles,'' the mostly 7-year-olds yelled in unison.

``I thought you'd say that,'' McAnallen said with a big smile beneath her gold-tinged glasses.

But to McAnallen -- more commonly known as Ms. Math -- puzzles and problems are one and the same. It's the way that math is taught, she said, that causes the real trouble, and it continues to create a new generation of young people filled with math anxiety.



‘Ms. Math' stresses new style of teaching

Rachel McAnallen, known nationwide as "Ms. Math," starts her lecture about teaching math with a lesson in punctuation.

Seems odd until you see what she's driving at. The exercise involves two "Dear John" letters written by a woman named Gloria. Both letters contain the same words in the same order, but the punctuation is changed.



Class of 2011: Rachel McAnallen

Rachel McAnallen is talking about mathematics, and she can’t stop smiling. She has just returned from Ethiopia, where she was teaching teachers how to teach math, and she’s a couple of days away from flying to Utah to – you guessed it – teach teachers to teach math.

McAnallen has taught teachers in all but six states, and has traveled to nearly a dozen other countries, including Canada, Hungary, Kuwait, Santo Domingo, and South Africa. Her goal is to help teachers make math fun.