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

Deborah Thiessen

Review posted May 30, 2019

3

This book shares the traditional ways math is taught and outlines concrete solutions with classroom approaches using nature and real-world examples of how and when we can and need to apply math concepts to manage our day and to better understand our world. The book details project-based and communication as structures that work. The focus is on what is best and how proven evidence-based research, for example, applying student-driven instruction with formative and group discussion. There is a chapter for parents and ways to support children at home so their approach and abilities are kindled.

shermaji

Review posted May 3, 2019

4

A great book about how to teach math to kids in a way that makes it feel relevant to the real world. Math shouldn't be taught by memorizing methods but by thinking mathematically and using it as a tool for problem solving. This is the practical way that adults use math, especially in fields like engineering.

mharner0514

Review posted April 19, 2019

4

Great for every level!!

KBurnham

Review posted April 7, 2019

5

Wow! What a great book. I will be using this information when I have my own class, next year. I like how the author discusses that we need to know the why of how to solve math problems not just how to do them.

stokesfolks

Review posted March 19, 2019

5

It was interesting to learn about better methods of teaching Math to children. But it was upsetting to read about how some people are so closed minded and worked so hard to prevent these improved methods from being taught in our schools, especially after seeing so many improved scores and positive attitudes towards Math. I'm hoping that these methods will become accepted and even the norm in our schools in the future.

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Review posted December 29, 2018

5

We take the language of Math for granted. I am glad to have this.

seamomteach

Review posted November 16, 2018

5

I hated math as a student in grade school, and I wasn't much more fond of it in high school. This being said I chose to read this book with the mindful intention to help my kiddos to not only understand math, but to love it. In reading it, I found statements that challenged how I view math, and ideas of how I might better teach it. Math is not, nor should it simply be a memorization of facts, but it should and must be a quest we start on, think about, ponder. Thank you for opening my eyes to such a great book.

TeacherTrishaEvans

Review posted November 13, 2018

5

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.

carolann.r05

Review posted September 28, 2018

4

Quick and easy read with helpful information. Thank you.

jmgear

Review posted September 1, 2018

5

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

4

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

Laura Axon

Review posted July 30, 2018

5

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.

MrsKnowtorius

Review posted June 21, 2018

5

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

kwhitso

Review posted May 24, 2018

4

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.

constantinobenjamin

Review posted April 30, 2018

5

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!

mandy.stanley

Review posted March 15, 2018

4

pretty good read

Mikelle

Review posted February 6, 2018

5

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.

realestate

Review posted February 3, 2018

5

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