The 3 Dimensional Methodology for Learning Middle School Math

  • The Course Developer's Perspective

    Mathematics in it's essential design has 5 components: Strands, Concepts, Concept Groups, Skills and their Processes, and Problems. The Strands are the big boxes out of which arise all the number concepts and skills of mathematics. The Concepts are the ideas of mathematics. The Concept Groups are normally thought of as chapters; simply a grouping of concepts. The Skills are the commands. Skills tell what is supposed to be done. And the Processes that are associated with them explain how the skills are to be accomplished. Problems are further development of the skills. When mathematics is delivered from this perspective is provides a systematic design making math information clear and easy to understand.

  • The Brain/Mind (Natural) Learning Principles

    The Brain/Mind Learning Principles give the student access to their natural learning abilities. The ability to learn Math optimally requires brain engagement in three domains. Along with finding ways for social and emotional engagement, the threat for learning needs to be decreased coincidentally with the affirmation the math learning is with in the learner's reach. Finding a reason for learning math is a big part of this domain as well. The instructional domain is the place where students apply learning principles allowing them to process information easier and faster. The Di-Con Energy Flow Principle shows students how to learn in wholes and parts simultaneously. Finally, principles in the consolidation climate are used to apply the math learning.

  • The Self Assessment System

    In this dimension students are engaging learning principles that show them how to retain what they are learning. Self assessment is a multi-faceted system. Students can be shown how they can assess themselves in relation to all of the factors of their math learning: their peers, their learning materials, their teachers, and other significant people involved: tutors, parents, and family members.The most important part, however, of the self assessment system is assessing how well a student understands and can remember the skills and processes they are responsible to learn in their math course. Students are put in control of their math learning when they know what it is they are supposed to do, how to do it, and have a tool for assessing those outcomes.

Your Kid Should Feel Good About Math

Middle School is the optimal time to learn how to learn.

Between the ages of eleven to fourteen, there is a limited window of opportunity that not enough students are taking advantage of. Their brain is transitioning into a new developmental stage of learning - the abstract stage and during this phase, neurons in the brain are firing faster than ever before or after. This means that math needs to be presented in a way that correlates with these changes - which is not happening for your kid if they are struggling with math.

A Complete Middle School Math Learning Experience

Each Brain Mind Math Academy Video Program contains the following five parts for each Concept Group (Chapter).

  • Video Teaching - Instruction is based on the premise that your child is in a new developmental stage and has the ability to learn the required math concepts if presented clearly. All the concepts and skills of your child's math course are organized and taught in an easy to understand format with lots of examples so that your child will know exactly every skill they have to learn.

  • PDF Worksheet - Printable PDFs that correlate with the video teaching. This is your new redesigned textbook - designed according to the principles of learning outlined by Brain Mind Learning scientists.

  • Video Test Prep - Assess Yourself - Strategies that teach your child how to assess themselves skill by skill, how to retain the information and be ready for a test so that they can go into a testing environment with confidence rather than anxiety. Your child will learn how to be in more control of their learning - definitely something they want.

  • PDF Test - A printable comprehensive test that covers the concepts taught in the Concept Group/Chapter.

  • Answer Key for the Test

Instructor

Math, Learning, and Curriculum Expert

  • Brian Vass

    Math & Learning Coach

    Brian Vass

    Bachelors of Education, Masters of Distance Education. I enjoy teaching middle school students how to learn because I find their brains are still very elastic and open. I like teaching math because it's an opportunity to turn a bad situation into such a positive one. I have been teaching for over 30 years. Half of that time has been spent finding a way to make math easy for students in grades 6 – 9. This Video Math Program is a way for students to get in a learning groove that will make them feel as smart as they really are.

Tools to Transform Yourself

All Brain Mind Math Academy Video Programs Feature:

  • Unique Presentation

    Math is presented in this video program so that your child will know exactly what they are supposed to know and how they are supposed to do it . . their clear "job description" (something you get when you go to work). This is so that when they go into the classroom they will be able to understand what the teacher requires and when they go to write a test they will be prepared and confident that they will do well.

  • Western Canada Curriculum

    The courses cover the all the concepts and skills required in the curriculum for the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol, regardless which textbook your kid uses: MathLinks, Math Makes Sense, and Math Focus. The content of the curriculum has been redesigned into a simple format/structure incorporating strategic Brian Mind Learning Principles so that your child will be able to read and understand their textbook and retain the concepts for future use.

  • Brain Mind Learning Principles Built-In

    Cognitive scientists have outlined Learning Principles that enable a student to prepare for learning, process information easier and faster, and retain the information. These principles have not been fully incorporated into the teachings of many schools yet. However, they are incorporated throughout these courses. Your child will learn how to learn Math easier and faster.

Why should I choose a Brain Mind Math Academy Video Program over traditional tutoring?

  • Comfort, Convenience, and Privacy

    Unless you get a private tutor most tutoring agencies such as Kumon, Sylvan, Oxford Learning, and Mathnasium are done in a group setting in a classroom with tables and usually four chairs to each table. This may present an uncomfortable situation for your child and increase the overall threat level of math. The Brain Mind Math Academy online video programs allow your child to get expert instruction from the comfort of your home and provide the opportunity for you as a parent to also watch the videos and be instrumental in helping your child become a successful math learner.

  • Build Confidence Right Away

    The basic premise of most tutoring agencies is that an assessment is required to determine what level your child is working at. This can be quite demoralizing to your child if your child does poorly in that assessment and is told that they are several grades behind. The school and tutoring agencies believe that the problem lies with your child and their skill level. Our basic premise is that your child is smart (and you know that because they can do so many things so well) and that the problem lies with the instruction given at the middle school level. Much of the content and skills at the grade 7 and 8 level are repeated so that you do not have to worry about what has happened in the previous grade. The video program covers these foundational skills so that your child is working with content that is at their grade level. This is a great benefit because your child's self-esteem is crucial in making progress and becoming a successful math learner.

  • Costs Less!

    The cost of getting tutoring support can easily turn into thousands of dollars. For $697 you can not get this kind of information that is presented in this video program. The video program is a culmination of years of research and practice with proven results.

BMMA Video Program vs. Free Videos/IXL

There are many free videos with great content and teachings on the internet, but none provide the complete set of tools your child needs to become a successful math learner.

  • Completely correlates with the school curriculum - it can be difficult to find all the exact concepts that your child will be studying in their textbook.

  • Easy to follow structure - All the videos for your grade collected in one place.

  • All the concepts and skills are organized in a manner as though it was a "Math Story". The program has a narrative flow that connects previous ideas and skills to present ones helping students build a stronger understanding of the material they are working on.

  • Drill and practice is not enough. Students need to know how a math course works, and how to learn, or their problems will continue to compound as they move into high school.