|About the Book|
Joan started a Montessori school and taught children, ages 3-6 years, as a Montessori teacher. She studied the Suzuki method and used it to teach violin and piano to young children. She also tutored children with learning problems and taught junior high mathematics.Dr. Cotter founded Activities for Learning, designed the double-sided AL Abacus and wrote RightStart Mathematics, a comprehensive K-4 mathematics program that incorporates visualization, the AL Abacus, and math card games. The RightStart curriculum is an outgrowth of her doctoral research. Currently, she is writing middle school math curriculum, conducting workshops, and presenting at conferences nationally and internationally.Dr. Joan A. Cotter received her BSEE (electrical engineering) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MACI (curriculum and instruction) from College of St. Thomas (now University of St. Thomas, Minnesota), and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (mathematics education).Joan worked as an engineer at Univac (now Unisys), resigning when her children were born. She taught her three children at home before and after school and during summer vacations. To help them learn their basic arithmetic, she devised card games that became the basis of her first book, Math Card Games: 300 Games for Learning and Enjoying Math.Joan and her husband, Al, have three adult children and four grandchildren.