ISBN: 9781615190270
Published: September 14, 2010
Price: $15.95 US
Paperback: 384 pages
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Old Dogs, New Math
Homework Help for Puzzled Parents

“Can you help me with my math homework?” If, like most parents, this question fills you with a sense of dread (or even panic), then this is the book for you.

So much for the “good old days” when elementary students simply memorized their times tables and struggled through long division. Today, students are expected not just to find the right answer, but also to choose the best method for doing so—and to explain why it works.

On top of that, students are learning new strategies—even for basic arithmetic—that look foreign to many parents: What are open number lines, decomposing and nets, and how do you multiply on a grid?

If your attempts to help your child are met with “That’s not how the teacher does it,” then it’s time to take the stress out of math homework. Old Dogs, New Math is your guide to:

  • Number lines, place value and negative numbers
  • Long multiplication and division
  • Fractions, percentages and decimals
  • Shapes, symmetry and angles
  • Data analysis, probability and chance

Complete with sample questions, examples of children’s errors, and over 25 games and activities, Old Dogs, New Math will not only demystify math, but also help you and your child discover math all around you—and have fun doing it!

"This book will take the terror out of math for all the generations."
Joanna Trollope, bestselling author of The Other Family

"Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew’s book is a massive step in making math more fun and comprehensible for moms and dads. It will help to banish the lament that ‘I was never any good at math at school.'"
Sir Peter Williams, Chancellor of the University of Leicester

"This book is an absolute triumph. Given the author's reputations, I would expect nothing less."
Liz Woodham, Primary Maths Journal

“This delightful little book is perfect for parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning—and why they are being taught that way. The authors’ easygoing style and humor should help ease the path for parents for whom mathematics brings feelings of dread.”
Keith Devlin, Stanford University, author of The Math Gene and Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning, and NPR’s Math Guy

“Sometimes you come across a book which makes you happy. Recently, I did just that . . . [Old Dogs, New Math] is brilliant, and exactly what far too many parents (including myself) need.”
Sarah Ebner, The Times (London)


Mike Askew, PhD, is a Professor of Primary Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He was previously a Professor of Mathematics Education at King’s College, University of London, as well as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at City College, City University New York. A former elementary school teacher, he now researches, speaks, and writes about teaching and learning primary mathematics. He is also a skilled magician.

Rob Eastaway has authored and coauthored several bestselling books that connect math with everyday life, including Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and How Many Socks Make a Pair? He is the director of Maths Inspiration, an interactive lecture program that has reached over 100,000 teenagers in England the last ten years.