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Back to School: Do the Math #30DaysofGOOD

These resources make sharpening your math skills fun and easy.



30 Days of GOOD (#30DaysofGOOD) is our monthly attempt to live better. This month we're going "Back to School" and committing to learn something new every day.

Back in school, I pretty much hated math. I couldn't imagine a more boring way to spend my time. That is, until I got to 10th grade, and I met the algebra teacher that made me see the light.

Mr. McNamara made math fun. He brought in math games, played us math-themed songs on his guitar, and even once led the class in a cheerleading routine he made up to help us remember the FOIL method. Yep, he even used pom-poms. Say what you will, but I still remember that cheer whenever I need to multiply binomials (which, OK, I admit isn't that often).

Today's task is to brush up on your math skills. Look online and find a math game or some other way to make math more fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

BBC Skillswise is an interactive adult educational resource that has tools for both teachers and learners. There are videos, games, and quizzes that can help you sharpen math skills that are applicable in the real world.

You've probably heard of the Khan Academy (if not, this Wired article will get you up to speed on the great work the folks there are doing). But you might not yet have made time to actually watch any of Khan's simple and fun video lectures. The collection of math tutorials is vast, so take this opportunity to dig in.

There are also dozens of mobile apps designed to make math interactive and a heck of a lot more fun than you probably remember from school. Infinite Thinking Machine, an Internet TV series focused on education and innovation, produced an episode that guides you through some of the best.

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