A Night Divided, Making Math More Approachable
Worlds Awaiting - Season 2, Episode 31
- Aug 12, 2017 6:00 pm
- 28:45 mins
A Night Divided (3:38) Truth can be stranger than fiction. And often more fascinating. Many a Young Adult novel begins with a compelling story from history – something that really happened. Our first guest, Young Adult book author Jennifer Nielsen became interested in the Berlin Wall and the many personal stories defined and shaped by it. She soon discovered that there were no children’s books about the Berlin Wall in English. This moved her to write her own book called A Night Divided that focuses on a family separated by The Wall. Jennifer Nielsen is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Ascendance trilogy – beginning with The False Prince, The Mark of the Thief series, and A Night Divided. Making Math More Approachable (14:05) Next, Rachel talks to Dr. Eula Monroe, a long-time professor of Mathematics Education at BYU, who has endeavored in her teaching career to help kids (and adults) get over the fear of math. In fact, she’s written Mathematics Dictionary: The Easy, Simple, Fun Guide to Help Math Phobics Become Math Lovers!. It’s part of her goal of making math more approachable. Monroe has another book in progress designed to help math instructors as they work to reduce math anxiety in children. She’s also received lifetime awards for contributions to mathematics education in both Kentucky and Utah. Teachers Using Books (23:53) We finish up with a couple of teachers from Provost Elementary School in Utah who talk with Cole Wissinger, a member of the Worlds Awaiting team, about how they use books every day in the classroom.