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Parent Math Workshop with Author Greg Tang
photo Children’s book author Greg Tang says we are making math too hard!  The secret to making math easy and fun is to break big numbers into smaller parts, especially into tens.

On Tuesday, January 10, Tang will hold a parent presentation from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy, followed by a book signing.  (Childcare will be provided.)  When working with parents, Greg has three primary objectives.  The first is to introduce a simple way of thinking about numbers that makes math more intuitive, no matter what a person's past experience with math has been.  Parents often leave truly amazed at how easy math can be.  The second objective is to encourage parents to be more active with homework.  We'll cover little things they can do now that will have big payoffs later.  Finally, Greg encourages support for teachers by helping parents gain a better understanding of new teaching methods.  Kids benefit most when everyone works together.

In addition to the parent workshop, Tang is providing professional development for teachers on January 9 and 10 and for students on January 11 at Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy. The school has a building goal to implement a workshop approach for teaching math, modeled after the workshop format used in literacy.  Workshops provide opportunities for teachers to meet with small groups and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.  

Greg Tang travels extensively around the country to share his unique vision of math with students, educators, and parents. He is a keynote and featured speaker at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and International Reading Association conferences, consults with schools on math curricula and professional development, teaches children as part of enrichment and after-school programs, and promotes literacy through library and bookstore appearances.  He has written eight picture books on math for children.  
For more information on Tang, visit his website: www.gregtang.com.

Washington School from Comprehensive Literacy is located at 1238 Geele Avenue, Sheboygan, WI, and inquiries can be made by calling 920-459-3661.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
January 16, 2012