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Math Superstar Visits Students in Vestal

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A superstar visited a local school to rock 'n roll but not with music, with numbers.

Vestal Elementary School students welcomed Math Missionary and Author Greg Tang Wednesday morning. Tang challenged students to be visually creative and to look for patterns when solving mental math problems.

He says it's not just about teaching kids math skills, it's about inspiring kids to learn and to have confidence in their own thinking.

Math Specialist, Joan Pokorak said, "We just love his way of thinking about numbers. His whole experience is about making sense of numbers and he wants kids to go there first. He wants the kids to see, can I make sense of this problem without going right to an algorithm."

Teachers say they are going to continue to teach students to try to understand math problems before trying to solve them.