Web Producer, Guerrilla Math Guy

## Brian Foley

Upstate New York

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# ARTICLES BY BRIAN FOLEY

Small towns like Oneonta, NY have competent web designers, although web design is only a small part of what your online presence should be about. Helping your site rank higher in the search engines li...
KenKen puzzles are a new and exciting way to learn and teach basic math. KenKen is addictive, inexpensive and easy to learn. And it really does teach math skills in a very effective way.
KenKen is the newest and fastest growing puzzle in the world. Isn't it time you started learning how to do it? Here's a brief explanation of what it is, along with some  resources.
Skip counting is a great way to start familiarizing a child with multiplication. There a lots of ways to do it, but using normal playing cards has advantages that no other way has. Here's a link to a ...
The dogma of, "you have to show your work," is generally more harmful than good. Why do schools insist on it?
A very easy, effective way to learn or teach multiplication by two, using playing cards.
Here's a clear description of an easy way to master the "nine-times-table"  immediately, so you'll never have trouble with it again. And there's no memorization!
How "the times tables" and "multiplication facts" kill any real learning. Instead, help your child develop a sense for numbers and their relationship to each other, and what to do about it.
Why do so many teachers and parents forbid kids from learning on their fingers? If you use them often enough to learn the simple arithmetical skills, you will automatically memorize those "facts." You...
Multiplication tricks are generally counterproductive band-aids that teach children anything but the math. Lesson plans can insure that you and your students miss the point. What can be done about it?...
How should you teach the "times tables", or "multiplication facts?" There are so many methods to multiply, that sometimes it's hard to decide which way is the best. Here are some ways to find the meth...
Learning the multiplication tables to twenty is pretty impressive - but there is a better way than memorizing them. There is a simple way to do it that you can learn in a minute or two.

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