What do you know about how math is taught versus how math is best learned? Do you have twenty minutes to spark and forward your own deeper understanding about maths learning? How does your child’s school approach math teaching and learning? How are you serving as a school leader to enhance math learning in your school – do your school practices match the research?
So, if a maths question doesn’t have the space inside it to think and learn and discuss, then its potential as a learning task is very limited.
When we open tasks and ask students to think about how they see them and to talk with each other, the opportunities for learning are increased.
Maths classrooms should encourage more depth and less speed.
– Jo Boaler, YouCubed
In the summer of 2013, I enrolled in and completed Jo Boaler’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), “How People Learn Math.” In my 43 years, it has been one of the strongest learning experiences I have had.
I took that course, too and it was wonderful. It really helped me a lot, especially because I am studying mathematics, and after her lectures decided to be a teacher. Wonderful… I am waiting for more and more. Also, the book that she recommended in the course ( The Elephant in the Classroom) is really good.