Have a look at this short, but very inspiring maths video from Jo Boaler:
It’s amazing to see how the children’s attitudes to maths have changed in just 18 lessons! I particularly like one of the children’s analogy at the beginning to maths lessons as being in prison – “serving a sentence even though you’ve done nothing”! Through working as a team, discussing and sharing ideas and looking at problems from different perspectives their attitudes are completely transformed.
Key to this approach are:
- use of visual materials
- exploring different methods and strategies to solve problems
- allowing lots of thinking time, rather than focusing on speed
- learning from mistakes
All key principles of the Highland Numeracy Progression!
My favourite quote – “I thought math was all about right answers and wrong – now I believe that math is really about ideas and creativity – it’s a lot more inspiring.”
Not only were the group’s attitudes transformed, but they also improved their attainment on standardised tests by an average of 50% after 18 lessons. Find out more on YouCubed at Stanford University.