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**“Highly accessible and enjoyable for readers who love and loathe math.” —**

*Booklist*A critical read for teachers and parents who want to improve children’s mathematics learning,

*What’s Math Got to Do with It?*is “an inspiring resource” (

*Publishers Weekly*). Featuring all the important advice and suggestions in the original edition of

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March 31st 2015
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So let's start with the basics. Inquiry-based learning. This is something I've been trying to work into my curriculum since I started teaching. It's hard (really hard) to figure out how to do it well, but that's t ...more

This book is incredible. I love learning about teaching, but this was my first book interacting with math education, and I am SHOOK. (Am I allowed to describe a book about math education with that word?)

This is jam-packed with references to research and studies about what works in teaching math and what does not. Spoiler: most of the methods we have grown up with in the United States are not working. For instance:

Sitting in silence while watching a teacher lecture

Homework consisting o ...more

Putting all this into practice is easier said than done, though. Yes, I agre ...more

Her focus is on sense-making and problem solving, empowering students to ask questions and explore problems in a way that lets them tackle things they've never seen before.

The problem as I see it is that anyone can teach math "traditionally", but it takes a good math teacher to teach through exploration like she advocates.

The thing that really hit me was her research that showed that the difference between high achievers and low achievers in math was that lo ...more

This book assessed the current state of (most) mathematical education and outlined exciting options for improving math education for all. Her chapter on how clustering has a negative affect on all students was particularly enlightening and timely.

I took an online course with Jo Boaler years ago and loved her approach to teaching math. I hope her work continues to garner the ...more

Highly recommend for pare ...more

Although I had to read this book for a math class for teachers, I think it is a definite must for all parents and teachers. This book doesn't really talk about the steps to teaching math so much as it talks about the best ways children learn and how best to foster their learning. It discusses several important aspects about school math that lead to many Americans, and especially girls, to drop the subject. Some of the topics discussed, such as ability grouping and teachin ...more

It was a very interesting book, but most of it dealt with higher grades, junior high and high school. A lot had to do with algebra which is more advanced than where these children currently are. The main thing I learned is that mathematicians work is not usually solitary and that a great deal has to do with seei ...more

Spoiler Alert: It doesn't have to be this way.

I heard Jo Boaler speak last fall and was fascinated by the way she put words to what I intuitively knew, that math can be fun, engaging, challenging, and satisfying for all children. She uses research and her own observation ...more

I was inspired to read her book during a session at a recent international schools conference, where it was frequently referenced. I was blown away by demonstrations of how maths can be taught in ways which make it interesting and communicative, requiring critical thinking rather than rote memorization and repetition of procedure. This book expands on those ideas. It tells ...more

Filled with lots of good examples - rich mathematical activities and puzzles - that you can use in a classroom or ev ...more

Some key points from the book

1) Math is being taught incorrectly in most american classrooms

2) Math is a study of shapes and patterns..not memorizing formulas

3) Math should be taught visually and in collaboration with classmates

4) Ideas should be discussed among classmates

5) Students should be in mixed ability groups. Allowing those that understand a little better to teach those that are a little behind. Explaining and teaching deepens the lessons.

6) Girls want to explore the ideas i ...more

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Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and co-founder of www.youcubed.org. Formerly the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education for England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a researcher at King's College, London. She is the author of eight books including What's Math Got To Do With It? (2015) and Mathematical Mindsets (2016). Sh
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