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Sixth comic book focuses on math concepts

Sixth comic book focuses on math concepts

Kessler created Wonderguy, a super hero who patrols the city, helps people and stops crime. But when strength isn’t enough, two schoolchildren, Claire and Dillon, help him using math to solve the problems. Some of the concepts in the book include divisibility, volume, statistics and graphing.

As a university mathematics teacher, Kessler decided to develop stories, embedding math concepts appropriate for third- through sixth-graders.

The comic books are available at the Bowling Green location of Barnes & Noble or online at www.wku.edu/operationcomics.  Kessler has also worked to make them available as NOOKbooks through the Barnes & Noble Booksellers website using the self-publishing application on www.pubit.com.

Two events have been scheduled at Barnes & Noble to promote the Operation Comics series. On September 10th at 3 p.m. Kessler will have a book signing event and on October 18 an educator event will take place for teachers interested in utilizing the comic books in their class. This event will be a professional development opportunity for teachers.

In the spring of 2009, Dr. Kessler created the Operation Comics series which has been well received in the classrooms at Cumberland Trace Elementary. Dr. Kessler contends that this approach to teaching and learning can be used in any content area, and is useful for engaging students who might not be as interested the learning specific concepts.

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