MAKING MATH MATTER

Greg Tang, Jr. helps an Old Bonhomme Elementary student learn math through visual pattern games.

Greg Tang, Jr. helps an Old Bonhomme Elementary student learn math through visual pattern games.

The Making Math Matter grant brought Greg Tang, Jr.―a respected math educator, speaker, writer and online game developer―to four elementary schools to provide fresh, exciting perspectives on teaching and learning math. Every activity was designed to teach a critical skill or strategy while providing the repetition and practice required for mastery. Most importantly, the program remains true to the ideal that teaching and learning should be clever and fun.

Feedback from all the elementary schools was positive. "The event was fun, and everyone learned so much!" reported Spoede math teacher Jennifer Gardner, who coordinated the grant's execution. The grant was funded jointly by the LEF, the Ladue School District and parent-teacher associations at Conway, Old Bonhomme, Reed and Spoede Elementary Schools.

Tang's work is based on the system developed by his father, a New York Times bestselling author of educational books. For more information, please visit www.gregtangmath.com.

For details about the more than 130 grants funded by the LEF, visit our website.