MAVA Math: Enhanced Skills
About the Book
MAVA Math: Enhanced Skills, primarily for students in grades 6 through 8, is the 4th in the MAVA Math series, written by a math educator with 4 degrees and decades of experience. The 460-page book provides a 13-page Table of Contents, which acts as a curriculum outline, containing 79 topics from Absolute Value to Work Problems. Alphabetical order offers teachers and students maximum flexibility to arrange lessons in any desired order or to supplement other work. A 6-page vocabulary list contains over 500 math words that middle school students should recognize and understand. The book also includes 4-pages of Q&A about proper use. In the field-testing stage of this book, students increased their standardized test scores significantly, earned countless math trophies, and learned to love math. All problems are high-quality, rigorous math and only math. The accompanying MAVA Math: Enhanced Skills Solutions provides all answers and solutions. Please find all MAVA Math products as well as sample pages at www.mavabooks.com. The MAVA Math series, appropriate for public and private school as well as homeschooling and summertime, believes that students should: have plentiful practice; work at their own pace; copy problems minimally; show appropriate work when needed; attack both short and long challenges; develop number sense and mental math; learn numerous strands of math concurrently; and use math books free of distractions and clutter.
About the Author
About Marla Weiss Dr. Marla Weiss, highly respected among her colleagues and students, is a mathematics educator with four degrees: BA in Mathematics, MA in Applied Mathematics, ME in Applied Mathematics, and PhD in Mathematics Education. She has done classroom teaching, school consulting, test preparation, individual tutoring, curriculum design, teacher workshops, math team coaching, materials development, student evaluations, math series analysis, and textbook writing. Her students have won hundreds of awards collectively in MATHCOUNTS, Mu Alpha Theta, Florida Math League, and the International Computer Problem Solving Contest. Additionally, Dr. Weiss owned and operated a private education center with a focus on math offerings. Her background is unique. As the daughter of a mathematics educator, she was reared in a household full of math books that her father used in his multi-faceted mathematics work. He was one of the first math teachers in the country trained in the Sputnik era “New Math.” Not only did Dr. Weiss receive this education in junior high, but also she traveled in the summers with her father in the United States and Canada as he trained other teachers in the movement. Moreover, Dr. Weiss was both a high school student and college counselor at the prestigious (Arnold) Ross Program in mathematics supported then by the National Science Foundation. This grounding in number theory, abstract algebra, and logic, along with other advanced classes, gave her almost a college major in math by the time of her high school graduation. She has taught in various settings including the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Her experience as a computer programmer further enriches her logical approach to math.