Crush Math Anxiety With Drones

Succeed In Math By Nurturing A Growth Mindset Through Drone Stories

Non-Fiction - Motivational
111 Pages
Reviewed on 04/30/2022
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Author Biography

Jeanne Holmberg lives in Massachusetts where she writes books that put a fun spin on learning for ages 4-16. Her goal is to inspire interdisciplinary learning in a fun format.

Jeanne was inspired to write "Crush Math Anxiety With Drones" after helping so many high school students who were overwhelmed by math anxiety. When students discover and explore big ideas in context, they make valuable connections that ease their anxiety. Students learn that mathematics is so much more than just numbers staring at you from a screen or scribbled on a piece of paper. Mathematics tells a story. And as their math skills grow, the story becomes more and more interesting. Jeanne hopes that this book will help students to relax and enjoy the story.

Before embarking on her writing adventures, Jeanne enjoyed life and learning as an educational leader, actuarial analyst, research chemist and volunteer at a local children’s museum. Jeanne lives by the inspirational quote “Live well, laugh often, love much” by Bessie Anderson Stanley. When she is not writing, Jeanne is inspired by spending time outdoors with her Scottish Terrier named Rocky, reading historical fiction, and surrounding herself with family and friends. If she could add one more thought to Bessie Anderson Stanley’s inspirational quote it would be: “Live well, laugh often, love much” and learn all along the way.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Crush Math Anxiety With Drones is a self-help guidebook by Jeanne Holmberg meant to teach students to approach mathematics through a unique and fresh outlook, combined with the increasingly popular Drone technology. Holmberg encourages readers to utilize the growth mindset conceived by Carol Dweck with her colleagues in 2006. It offers exciting educational opportunities founded upon the belief that one person can develop their basic abilities over time through dedication, hard work, and practice. The activities at the end of each chapter can be used for peer discussion, family discussion, class exploration, teen clubs, homeschooling, and much more. Holmberg also provides real-life examples of drone racing businesses and highlights the ways students can use it to ease their math anxiety. Students also receive a preview of some of the big ideas they will explore in high school math courses.

Apart from the tools discussed in the book to help students become more enamored with mathematics, author Jeanne Holmberg also provides readers with links directed to Ted Talks of free videos by expert speakers on math and links to drone displays, competitions, racing, etc. In Crush Math Anxiety With Drones, students will find fascinating new ways to tackle their math problems as well as an interest in a sport and technology that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world -- drone racing and drone technology in general. This is an informative and highly researched book that 7th to 10th-grade students will find not only helpful and educational but also very motivational and inspiring to read. Highly recommended.

Philip Van Heusen

One of the most feared secondary school subjects is math. Just the word “algebra” strikes fear in the heart of the average student. “Everyone can learn math to high levels.” Armed with statistics and creativity, Jeanne Holmberg authored Crush Math Anxiety with Drones. This book shares math creatively and in an interesting way. Drones are a significant rage today. Jeanne uses drones and imagination to assuage the anxiety that surrounds math. In chapters 4-8, the author presents a scenario where you are the owner of a drone warehouse. Each chapter presents a short story, the big ideas, and additional insights. In other words, something for everyone. This book is an encouragement to continue to grow one’s mind and learn how to do math. Believing in oneself plays an important role.

Drones can easily catch the attention of middle and secondary school students. Jeanne Holmberg is a math teacher who brings her experience of motivating students to the written page in Crush Math Anxiety with Drones. One of the problems many students face is the thought that they can never expand their minds to the point that they can comprehend the intricacies of math. With encouragement and a growth mindset, students can understand higher math functions. They not only can understand, but they can actually thrive in math. Every student needs to remember to ask questions, participate in discussions, and know how to use suitable reference materials. This book will help students become interested in doing well in math subjects. It will make math come alive and be relevant to real life.

Astrid Iustulin

Who said that math is not a subject that everyone can learn? The new concept of the growth mindset has revolutionized the way we approach teaching and invites us to realize that every skill can be acquired, as long as the student has a fundamental characteristic - believing that they can do it. If you want to take your math skills to the next level, here is Jeanne Holmberg's Crush Math Anxiety With Drones. This enlightening book will transport you to the world of math through the field of drone technology (you are invited to imagine owning a drone racing warehouse). It is the right opportunity to make an exciting journey in a subject that many consider difficult and a field that is becoming increasingly popular.

Crush Math Anxiety With Drones is a book for students who are not proficient in math but want to improve. I loved that Jeanne Holmberg explains the concept of a growth mindset on the very first page because it is a topic of fundamental importance. I also like that she clarifies how important math and the ability to develop analytical thinking are. The last thing that made me appreciate this book is the choice to use drones as a common thread because it is one of the fields that has become essential to know. Overall, Crush Math Anxiety With Drones is an outstanding book because it invites students to practice and delve into what they have learned. Anyone who reads this book will no longer be able to say that math is not for them.

Steve Griffin, Head of School, MacDuffie

“This type of integrated, relevant, project-based learning is exactly what students need to connect Mathematics to a world of possibility.”

Joy Dimaggio Head Counselor k-12 retired

“This is a wonderful book to convince students that they can do math. After exploring this book and all of its resources, students will want to embrace math rather than avoid it. Using the exploding field of drone technology to entice them and keep them interested is genius. Students will see the importance of math and the sequential unfolding of the examples in each chapter. If teachers use this book with all of the research and discussion ideas available to them, it will be a game changer. Most importantly, a way for students to engage in their own learning and advance the conversation in the classroom and outside the classroom in areas they may not even think of exploring on their own.”

Michelle Scharpen, H.S.Math Teacher

“Mathematical ability aside, every reader of this book will benefit from its clear and concise tactics for tackling math anxiety. I wish I had a copy for each and every one of my students.”