YCBK 238: Dr. Angela McIver explains how Trapezium Math helps students

In this week's episode you will hear

Introduction : In this episode you will hear: Mark shares five announcements in Higher Ed

Preview Interview Dr. Angela McIver, Trapezium Math

  • Angela gives her background as former math teacher and she starts with how the genesis of Trapezium started with a very successful Math Science Upward Bound program that began at Temple. The program won a lot of awards.
  • Angela shares where her program was lacking and had to make changes. She became a participant observer to see why people drop out of college math programs
  • Angela was so compelled by this that she went and got her PHD in 2005 by studying 40 kids in middle school, 20, 6th graders and 20 8th graders who took more difficult math problems
  • Angela started her first business called Math Foundations which helped teachers understand why students do not understand math
  • Angela became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Angela then started Trapezium that had a wait list of a year and a half old, originally the name was Monster Math club but they had trouble getting that name. Trapezium was birthed in 2014.
  • Angela talks about, what is the secret sauce that makes it work? She talks about how her program is different from the three most common models out there. She talks about what is different from her program and what else is out there.
  • Angela describes the transition from an in person program to an online platform that is really serving kids well while maintaining their ethos
  • Angela talks what age or level is the best time to start
  • Angela talks about how her math clubs different math levels for different kids
  • Angela talks how her program can accommodate student with learning differences
  • Angela talks about “try before you buy” works
  • Angela shares trapeziummath.com as the place to go before
  • Fall session, is $47 per class
  • One time kit purchase of $235
  • Angela shares her evidence to prove Trapezium works
  • Angela shares how many students have gone through her program

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  • I have twins entering 8th grade; I would love to hear Dr. McIver’s suggestions for math programs for older kids. So enjoyed her episode as I have a math background and feel a lot of the math education is not very effective.