What's Math Got To Do With It?

This engaging book shows —rather than tells — the reader what terrific math instruction looks like. It's for teachers and parents who want to improve children’s mathematics learning. The author presents advice and research findings through practical ideas that can be used in classrooms and homes.   

272 pages. ©2015.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted November 13, 2018


I can’t say enough good things about this book! I am a high school math teacher and reading this book has fueled my flame. From the stories about the classrooms she visited and taught to all the useful inspiring examples of ways to transform math education she has inspired me page by page. I was especially enthralled with the enlightening research on male and female learning differences in mathematics. This book will no doubt transform the way I teach from now on.


Review posted September 28, 2018


Quick and easy read with helpful information. Thank you.


Review posted September 1, 2018


I just sent a note to my A list saying that I kept wanting to send this book to every single parent and also to everyone who has ANYTHING to do with education. This is SUCH a crucial title, she does a great job hammering home that good math instruction is teaching about ways of thinking about problems we don’t know the answers to, not about ways of computing when you’re given the problem and an answer in the back of the book, which is what we reduce it to. I’m so glad I read this — I’d be even gladder if everyone in Oregon government and schools read it.

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Review posted August 10, 2018


such a good book I really hope many people can read it

Laura Axon

Review posted July 30, 2018


What Has Math Got To Do With It? has given me a tool I need as a mother and an educator. In high school I struggled with math and gave up. This book helped me understand why that happened. I have a child who struggles with math now and the book will help me not repeat the past. I went online to author Jo Boaler's website and found so many useful tools to help students with math. I hope to share with my colleagues that "Math is not a performance subject. Math is a learning subject. " The brain grows by making mistakes. Kids are motivated by their own questions.


Review posted June 21, 2018


Great book! Very insightful and applicable info for teachers, tutors and parents.


Review posted May 24, 2018


This book has been helpful working with my own 7th grade child to raise awareness and motivation by recognizing how math integrates into different applications -- gives practical ideas to frame the ways math ties into everyday life and strategies for working with students in the classroom/after school homework club settings to incorporate math concepts in a variety of different ways.


Review posted April 30, 2018


The question that math teachers hear almost everyday in their classrooms is, "When am I going to use this in the real world?" Well, this book has the answers! I highly recommend this book for current and future educators, and not just mathematics teachers. All to often educators are forced to teach students how to pass standardized tests, not learn and master the information. This books identifies the lack of educators ability to teach and helps equip educators with useful tools and skills!


Review posted March 15, 2018


pretty good read


Review posted February 6, 2018


This book inspired me to work harder on my math I had never liked it very much and after reading this book it gave me a whole different look at math and I am enjoying it now.


Review posted February 3, 2018


Good read. Math does have a lot to do with it