What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Su bject

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Penguin, Jul 17, 2008 - Education - 288 pages
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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 What’s Math Got to Do with It?, this revised edition is now updated with new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential.

As always Jo Boaler presents research findings through practical ideas that can be used in classrooms and homes. The new What’s Math Got to Do with It? prepares teachers and parents for the Common Core, shares Boaler’s work on ways to teach mathematics for a “growth mindset,” and includes a range of advice to inspire teachers and parents to give their students the best mathematical experience possible.
 

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Stanford professor Jo Boaler explores the aspects of current math instruction in What’s Math Got to Do with It. She begins with an almost prophetic chapter suggesting the current state of standardized testing needs to be eradicated or updated to a style in which constructive reasoning is assessed rather than memorization. Jo continues by sharing many of the societal beliefs that hinder certain groups from mathematical achievement including minorities, women, and students with learning disabilities. Finally, Jo offers a variety of strategies for parents and teachers to foster love for the subject of mathematics in ALL students.  

Contents

What Is Math? And Why Do We All Need
Whats Going Wrong in Classrooms? Identifying the Problems
A Vision for a Better Future Effective Classroom Approaches
Taming the Monster New Forms of Testing That Encourage Learning
Stuck in the Slow Lane How American Grouping Systems Perpetuate
Key Strategies and Ways of Working
Giving Children the Best Mathematical Start Activities and Advice
Making a Difference through Work with Schools
Appendix A Solutions to the Mathematics Problems
Appendix B Mathematics Curricula
Index
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Jo Boaler is associate professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, where she researches the impact of different teaching approaches on learning, identity, and equity. She is a former president of the International Association of Women and Mathematics. Her Ph.D. and first book - Experiencing School Mathematics (2002)won national awards in England. She lives with her husband and daughter in California.

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