## Testimonials

Over the years Making Math Real has heard from parents, educators, and students of all ages. The testimonials below highlight the hundreds of letters Making Math Real has received from around the country. If you would like to share your story, please email info@makingmathreal.org.

Written by Sunny, Parent & Tutor

“David Berg is a genius!” said one seasoned Slingerland-trained SLP. Her daughter recently became a client of mine. That was actually an understatement. Truth is there is no word that describes the tremendous contribution you have made to the understanding and teaching of math and human development. I can only perceive a fraction of it and I am in awe, on a daily basis.

**A Teacher Shares Student Feedback
**Written by E.O., Teacher at LD School

I have had more positive student feedback about math this year than I honestly ever thought possible. I just have to share some of it with you, because it is too good not to share.

**Teachers Using MMR Speak Up**

Written by By Teachers Across the Country

Being exposed to Making Math Real has dramatically changed how I see math instruction. I have learned a great deal this summer and I feel fortunate to have had such a paradigmatic shift around approaching my teaching, especially as a special educator.

**A Parent’s Story**

Written by Kris Knight, mother of three

Making Math Real has literally changed my life and forever altered my feelings towards mathematics. It began quietly four years ago when I first met David Berg and learned of Making Math Real. Then I was a 38 year old mother of three young boys, who was schooling my oldest from home and finding a different set of problems than I’d anticipated

**A Parent’s Story Continued**

Written by Kris Knight, mother of three

Three years ago I wrote a letter explaining how Making Math Real had changed my oldest son’s life dramatically and consequently the rest of our lives as well. Now, three years later, MMR continues to dramatically impact our lives, so I thought I should write an update.

**A Parent’s Story – Epilogue
**Written by Kris Knight, mother of three

An Epilogue is brief, so I will try to be. Here is how my story of meeting and embracing Making Math Real ends. Kevin, is 21, graduated summa cum laud from DePaul University in Chicago with a bachelor of science in game design and an emphasis in programming.

**Parents Taking MMR Speak Up**

Written by Parents Across The Country

“I am a fan! I used the materials with my twins. Because of the confusing textbook presentation, they were having trouble with addition and subtraction. Using the Making Math Real materials and concepts, I’ve helped them become fluent in both, and plan on teaching the 2nd grade curriculum to them over the summer. They’ve gone from “I don’t like math” to being excited about knowing more math than the other kids. Thanks!”

**A Parent’s Letter To Her Child’s Principal**

Written by Roseanne, MD & parent

Dear Principal,

I am writing this letter to share a wonderful opportunity to attend a free seminar presented by the Making Math Real Institute at the UC Santa Cruz Extension in Cupertino. I have invested my own time and effort into learning the program, having taken the Overview, 4 Operations and Fractions, and am looking forward to taking Pre-Algebra in the spring.

**Making Math Real Provides The Missing Link**

Written by Peggy S, learning specialist

Making Math Real provides the missing link in math instruction for students who struggle with the transition from concrete to abstract.

**It’s The Teaching, Not The Program**

Written by Susie M, teacher

**“It’s the teaching, not the program.”**

A program alone cannot become an effective method for a student if the teacher does not understand both the program and the concepts to be taught. A multisensory structured program helps educators become more effective teachers because it breaks down the concepts to be taught in small incremental steps

**Students Learning MMR Speak Up**

Written by Making Math Real Students of All Ages

“I hate math! I’m telling you this because I have to go to a MATH CAMP! If I were president I would have all math books burned; but if math was like Making Math Real math, I probably wouldn’t mind it. But all math isn’t like Making Math Real math.

**As a Teacher I was Drawn to Making Math Real**

Written by Becky G, retired educator & principal

Dear David Berg,

I would like to thank you very much for opening the math camp, and giving me the opportunity to learn math in a whole new way. During these first two weeks, I have gotten to learn lots of new math games that I hope will continue.

**A Beacon of Hope**

Written by Rasjidah Franklin, Ph.D

Dear Making Math Real,

I am so impressed and grateful for your wonderful work! It stands out as a special beacon of hope

especially for those who would have been served by the UC Berkeley Extension Learning Center.

**A Teacher’s Story of Success**

Written by Ellen Hatcher, 6th Grade Teacher

Teaching sixth grade math has changed dramatically over the past several years and it has been quite a challenge for teachers to keep up with the demands brought on by standards based education. Every five or six years math books are piloted and adopted, but all are pretty much the same in how the content is presented.

**A Passion For Mathematics**

Written by Jason, elementary school principal

Over the past two years, David Berg has helped our school’s teachers and students develop a passion for mathematics. It has gone from a feared subject to one of the most creative and exciting at the school.

**Your Program Built My Mathematical Foundation**

Written by Cynthia Ring, former MMR student

Dear Making Math Real,

I went through your program when you were tutoring out of the second floor of someone’s home near Berkley California in 2004-05. I was in 8th grade at the time. Karen was my tutor.

**How Making Math Real Changed My Son’s Life**

Written by Beth Gagnon, parent & educator

Dear David, Michael & Making Math Real,

Yesterday was the final day of the Pre-Algebra class. I wanted to tell you in person how much I have appreciated your wonderful instruction, but there were many others attempting to talk to you, and I had to leave and catch my plane back home.