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Helping teens with math

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Meet Robin Moore Ciancioso.  Her job is making math fun for students.  

As head of the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Plus Program, she's in charge of helping students master math. 

"The students have become more comfortable with math, they're not afraid of math," she said.

The secret are colored index cards called "Moore's Math Reminders."

"It's remarkable our thoughts are we are solving America's math problems," said Chris Moore, brother.

It was Ciancioso's personal struggle with learning that inspired her to help students. She was dyslexic and didn't understand why she had such a hard time in the class room. Teachers told her parents she was lucky to finish high school.

"She is incredible," said a fellow teacher. "She couldn't read until she was 16. She had to teach herself math."

But she defied the odds, graduating from college, getting a graduate degree and becoming a teacher. It didn't take long for a light bulb to go off. She saw students struggle with math, just like she did. That's when she created the cards to help her own students learn.

The first math cards were handwritten on construction paper. Her big brother Chris got involved.  

Chris took the cards straight to the production line, mass producing them so more students could get on board. The results skyrocketed.

"I've seen a student who was taking two math classes failing both of them," Chris said. "Got the math cards, used those to help himself.  He passed both classes. The test scores go up. We tell people we can turn D's and F's into A's and B's."

Other teachers are incorporating the cards into their curricula with the same success. 

"Just using the cards I see scores go up five and six points, literally," said a fellow teacher. "Then they know the basic skills of pre-algebra and algebra."

Chris says the only complaint is from parents.

"I wish I had these when I was younger," said Chris. "The parents seem to be using the cards as much as the students to help with homework."

To learn more about Moore's Math Reminders math cards:  CLICK HERE

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