A completely new way of teaching times tables and division facts that we call flexible-brain training. Memorization is not the vehicle because it is counterproductive to learning the facts. It also slows the mind down when doing future math lessons. And, more times than not, the facts do not stick with memorization as they do with associations. Our unique process creates a flexible brain so kids can interact flexibly with numbers.
We find that kids love it not because they are entertained, but because they get addicted from Day One to the process.
Joshua Davis wrote an article entitled "A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses" in 2013 for "Wired' Business. In it, he states, "The [traditional] system as a whole educates millions and is slow to recognize or adopt successful innovation. It's a system that was constructed almost two centuries ago to meet the needs of the industrial age. Now that our society and economy have evolved beyond that era, our schools must also be reinvented."
And to quote Stanford professor, Jo Boaler: "Too much emphasis on rote memorization inhibits students’ abilities to think about numbers creatively, to build them up and break them down." She cites her own 2009 study, which found that low-achieving students tended to memorize methods and were unable to interact with numbers flexibly.
Though kids generally start with optimism, by the threes they are already convinced they aren't smart at math. Only a small fraction of the kids rise to the top, not because they are smarter, but simply because memorization is their thing.
And so the self labeling begins: "Some kids are good at math, but I'm not." Or worse, the kids get a label from the teacher that can devastate for a lifetime. We can't tell you how many adults have come to us to express this, and decades after the event, the emotion is still raw, and tears still flow.
This is completely unnecessary and we want this to stop!
With this solid foundation in place (math facts SOLID, flexible brain and "Dang, I'm smart!"), kids sail through their future math lessons. Just like they know they can figure out electronics, they KNOW they are good at math. This mindset is super powerful.
During this time you will be delighted to see the surprised excitement your child exhibits upon discovering an answer on his/her own.
What should my child know before starting?
What if my child knows most of his/her facts?
How well does your child really know his/her facts? Unless a child knows all the basic facts to the point of "effortless and automatic," it feels like walking through quicksand to tackle things like Algebra, for instance.
We find that 80% competence gives only 20% confidence. To give you an idea as to why, think of walking on a surface that's 80% smooth. The remaining 20% of the boards that jut up randomly would slow you down and require you to focus on them so you wouldn't trip and fall. You would not be able to walk with confidence--especially while carrying something heavy. Math is like that. If your child is learning something challenging, these pesky math facts are the straw that breaks the camel's back, and make the child think they hate math and can't do it.
Taking the time and care to smooth out every one of those "rough spots" will make a world of difference for your child in doing math down the road.
If your child doesn't love math, without a doubt the fastest way forward is to go back and get those facts solid. Just as important, they need a brain that is flexible and can play with those numbers to make math fun.
Additionally, while a person may do well in one category of thinking, it's a different thing altogether to be able to jump back and forth at will between different categories. You'll see more what we mean when you get inside the training. This skill is something we like to call "mental gymnastics" and is likely something your child has never really tried doing. This ability, too, is well worth stopping all other math studies for a time, to acquire and solidify.
Daily after that you will work with your child on the concept (maybe 15 minutes a day--as long as your child is happy doing it). When the learning is effortless and automatic, you will watch a short video on teaching Deck Two, etc.
What makes MathHacked so unique and successful?
This system is based on isolating patterns so that kids can pull up the answers on their own. We use"tricks" or non-numerical associations that create a pathway in the brain between the equation and its answer. This method makes them feel strong and empowered because they don't have to look to some "smarter" adult for the answers they lack, nor do they have to painstakingly memorize and then try to remember. Rather, they're given a way to figure the answers out themselves. This new skill of "mental gymnastics" is exciting and empowering because they discover they really ARE smart. (Remember, this has been tested on kids who formerly hated math or were even in remedial math. Your child can do it!)
You will see body language brighten and lift. Your kids will get addicted to feeling they're brilliant, which gets their enthusiastic cooperation.
How did MathHacked come to be?
Natalia & Bo - First MathHacked students
Heather Linchenko, the creator of MathHacked, struggled in her homeschool with a daughter who hated math, and had diminishing confidence in the struggle to learn it. After telling her daughter enough times that "sometimes you just have to do hard things," it finally dawned on Heather that this was an all too familiar theme. Not only was a negative attitude toward math the prevailing attitude with her own classmates, this daughter was the fourth child she had to give these sorts of pep talks to in her homeschooling career.
(Another thing: many brilliant adults still believe they are “not smart” because they didn’t do well with how math was taught when they were kids. Are you one of them? This “not smart” label, once internalized, is STICKY!)
Heather finally said, "NO MORE MATH UNTIL I FIGURE THIS OUT".
She reflected on two principal things and these spurred her on: a) the feeling of failure and incompetence in a French class in college--she now understood acutely what “feeling dumb and like quitting” was like and wanted better for her child, and b) a quote she had heard many times from her former boss and friend, Stephen R. Covey: “Student inability is usually nothing more than teacher inflexibility.”
Time to get flexible!!!
She "stepped into her daughter's shoes" asking her question after question, and ultimately figured out that the sticking point for her in math was multiplication. Strange, because she thought her daughter knew those pretty well.
Heather stepped out of the centuries-old box and looked at the process with new eyes, utilizing many of the philosophies she had learned from Covey and other thought leaders she had studied over decades. With the completely different approach discovered, her daughter soared in math--and math became her favorite subject, even in high school, long after this program was completed.
Several years later, when working as a teacher’s aide in a private school setting, Heather had the opportunity of trying out her system with a large class of 1st to 3rd graders. She saw them coming to math with that familiar negative body language and dread and asked if she could implement this program. WOW. The success she had with 100% of the class--even the goof offs and those shut down to their education--“blew her socks across the room”. The children lined up daily to work on their math and were sad when the system was over.
Additionally, the teacher of the class, after seeing Heather teach not just math, but many subjects in new and fresh ways, and watching her class continually excited at learning, said, “Where did you learn to teach this way? I have a masters degree and I’ve never seen anyone teach this way.”
Parents started coming to her class wondering what “secrets” she had in motivating their children and opening up their personalities. They had seen such big changes in their own kids. She then realized that the uniqueness and power of her system and methods went way beyond her little home school. Since this time, she has been badgered by many to make this available to others.
Seeing and hearing of the math plight of the majority of parents out there...and knowing she had solutions...drove Heather to make this MathHacked Deluxe Training System available to everyone, including you!
What's this about helping parenting skills through MathHacked?
Heather here. I love this question.
In trainings and podcasts I have done, and especially to close friends when trying to explain just what MathHacked is (not an easy task to do quickly, by the way, as there is so much more to it than a surface view would have you believe), at some point I will invariably jump from talking about math to talking about parenting.h to talking about parenting.
I hear my passion strengthen as I talk of helping parents get to richer relationships with their children, to a place of less stress in these relationships and more joy, to less time spent on controlling or avoiding and more time spent simply enjoying each other’s unique presence and basking in the unparalleled opportunity it is to be together.
So easy to forget how utterly COOL that is when things get crazy, huh?!
I have discovered that I, along with most well-meaning parents out there, have been guilty of giving kids far too little credit, of underestimating them, and of accidentally “getting in their way”, making it more difficult for them to awaken their untapped potential. Boy, have I ever done this!
This is TIME CONSUMING and ENERGY DRAINING, I can tell you!!!
But there is a better way; it's the MathHacked way.
Surprisingly, not only does MathHacked create the best foundation for your child’s math career than anything we’ve ever encountered--and this aspect is awesome in and of itself--it is a fantastic vehicle for heading toward all those things that give your family life more joy, those things that add LIFE to your life.
How can MathHacked help with such a thing as this, you say?
Because without having to...
• understand and assimilate the many philosophies behind the system,
• without having to go through the time and hard work of mining them,
• and testing them,
• and personally changing your mindset to match them,
• without all the trial and error
• and sheer number of MISTAKES and FAILURES that I had to go through
• to get to the knowledge contained within the MathHacked Training System that has drastically improved my life and relationships…
...you can simply watch and mimic these MathHacked paradigms at play, just 15 or so minutes a day with your child, in a simple math setting.
If you do our system as we explain it, you will see and experience how much of a difference a "new way of being" and a "new way of thinking" with your child can make, how much more effective and fun your time together can be, and get a better idea of the increased influence you can have. VISION is created…and along with that, a DESIRE to carry it forward into other areas of education and life.
You know, Vision is a powerful thing.
When you catch and hold Vision, your aim shifts from trying to get through life and trying to survive your kids, to trying to accomplish something specific or even many specific things.
It changes what you think about in the shower and as you fix your hair, from worrying about your kids and fearing you're not "enough" as a mother [NEWS FLASH: You are.]…to Envisioning and Dreaming and taking care to reframe your thoughts to more useful ones.
Additionally, MathHacked offers you a very comfortable setting to "try these paradigms on for size" with your child. It provides you with a non-threatening opportunity to tweak your parenting and to adopt ways and ideas found within the training, that will ultimately lead your child to take the reins of his or her own education and life, and for you and your child to enjoy the "tightest" of relationships with each other.
Tight relationships unlock learning potential and free inner genius.
Tight relationships hold the finest of joys this life has to offer.
"To be happy at home is the result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution." ~Samuel Johnson
Yep, that's it. You got it, Samuel. It's pretty intense but it's true: our endgame goals with MathHacked go well beyond math. #relationshipispower
Note: The podcast below, which includes discussions about parenting, is entitled "Changing the Paradigm of Educational Pedagogy" and took place 11/30/17. Thank you Luminous Mind for the opportunity. :)
Where can I learn more?
Heather Linchenko with Sarge
Facebook Post 5/3/19
My 10 year old son, who was “behind” with his multiplication facts, just said, “Mom, you have to write to MathHacked and tell them this curriculum made me smarter and that now I can do them all with no problem."
From my perspective this is a child who is resistant to many of the strategies I had tried. We started with our 6 year old with the trial pack.....seeing her excitement everyone else got on board and now my 10 year old will do his Math Facts everyday with confidence and we are currently 9 facts short of beating the 3 minute buzzer. But the amazing part is he’s not giving up or feeling defeated, which was a big problem before! Ages 10, 8, and 6 all working through Math Hacked at their pace has been a Math Blessing!!! Thank you.
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