What People Are Saying About Nix the Tricks
- Nix The Tricks is simultaneously:
- ◊ a free eBook cataloging many of the rhymes, shortcuts, and mnemonics teachers use (I'm looking at you, FOIL) that rob students of a conceptual understanding of mathematics.
- ◊ a labor of love from editor Tina Cardone.
- ◊ a great example of the deep bench of talent we have in Math Twitter Blogosphere.
- Other than Desmos, the most profound impact to my personal math development has been Nix The Tricks, an excellent work assembled by Tina Cardone and the great people of the math teacher community.
- I am – I confess – a professional purveyor of tricks. A mnemonic here, a shortcut there – whatever it takes to get my students the skills they need to get the grade they want. As such, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Nix The Tricks, a free e-book offering alternatives to some common rules of thumb; I was expecting everything I do to be ruthlessly shot down. I was one step away from getting the Mathematical Ninja to hunt the authors down, just in case. To everyone’s relief, though, the book is good.
- Julie Reulbach: Nix the Tricks covers everything from 2nd grade to high school math and should be read by every teacher, tutor or parent that teaches math.
Annie Forest: Get ready to rethink and reflect. This is an important read. Check it out!
Let's Play Math: Children are not puppies---don't teach "tricks"! Grab this free book download.
Linda @LearnMoreMath Every math teacher should read this.
Hemant Mehta @hemantmehta Down with mnemonics! A wonderful guide that all math teachers need to read.
Steve Barkley @stevebarkley Math tricks defeat understanding ... [like] trying to give students muscles without working out.
Malyn Mawby @malynmawby Nix the tricks - the magic of maths is not because of tricks but w/ its innate beauty. Get your copy now.
Casey Rutherford @rutherfordcasey Math teachers don't let fellow math teachers use tricks that cheat students out of understanding.