I just enrolled in EDUC115N: How to Learn Math:
In July 2013 a new course will be available on Stanford’s free on-line platform. The course is a short intervention designed to change students’ relationships with math. I have taught this intervention successfully in the past (in classrooms); it caused students to re-engage successfully with math, taking a new approach to the subject and their learning.Taught by Jo Boaler, this course is for both teachers and parents and will focus on the following eight concepts:
In the 2013-2014 school year the course will be offered to learners of math but in July of 2013 I will release a version of the course designed for teachers and other helpers of math learners, such as parents. In the teacher/parent version I will share the ideas I will present to students and hold a conversation with teachers and parents about the ideas. There will also be sessions giving teachers/parents particular strategies for achieving changes in students and opportunities for participants to work together on ideas through the forum pages. The ideas I will share will be really helpful as teachers prepare to implement the new Common Core State Standards.
- Knocking down the myths about math.
- Math and Mindset.
- Mistakes, Challenges & Persistence.
- Teaching Math for a Growth Mindset.
- Conceptual Learning Part I: Number Sense.
- Conceptual Learning Part II: Connections, Representations, Questions.
- Appreciating Algebra.
- Going From This Course to a New Mathematical Future.
The class "starts" on July 15th and "ends" on September 27th (although I anticipate "finishing" it sooner if the course allows as things get really busy once school starts up). If you have an interest - as a teacher or a parent - consider joining us. There's no cost, and really there's no huge commitment - if you end up not fully participating - or not participating at all - that's okay.