I’ve loved James Tanton’s **How to Be a Math Genius** videos for years. He offers great problem-solving tips like:

- Visualize: think of a picture.
- Use common sense to avoid grungy work.
- Engage in intellectual play.
- Think relationally: understanding trumps memorization.
- Be clear on what you don’t know — and comfortable enough to admit it.

Seriously, those are wonderful videos. If you haven’t seen them before, **go check them out**. Be sure to come back, though, because I’ve just heard some great news.

### Natural Problem-Solving Skills

Tanton has joined up with the NaturalMath.com team of Maria Droujkova, Yelena McManaman, and Ever Salazar to put together a book for parents, teachers, math circle leaders, and anyone else who works with children ages 3–10.

It’s called *Avoid Hard Work,* and it takes a playful look at ten powerful problem-solving techniques.

### Join the Crowdfunding Campaign

For more details about *Avoid Hard Work,* including a 7-page pdf sample with tips and puzzles to enjoy, check out the crowdfunding page at Natural Math:

Read the questions and answers. Try the activities with your children. And donate to support playful math education!

I loved this post, I have never heard of this particular author before but his ideas seem awesome. I know I like to avoid hard work whenever possible. 😉 I am becoming a math teacher so I will have to keep this in mind. Thank you for the share!

If you’re just starting out as a math teacher, Ashley, you couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Tanton. Check out his website for plenty of topical videos and other support, and try out his free G’Day Math courses for yourself.