Jo Boaler – The Fear of Maths

My last post gave you the opportunity to listen to Sir Ken Robinson talk about curriculum design for students with different interests, backgrounds, capabilities and dreams.

This post gives you an opportunity to listen to an awesome interactive interview with Jo Boaler on the Fear of Maths. You can listen to this here. 

If you prefer visuals you may prefer to watch her Ted Talk which is an abbreviated version of this. Click here to view

‘The thesis behind it is based on that you have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.” Not so, says Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler, who shares the brain research showing that with the right teaching and messages, we can all be good at math. Not only that, our brains operate differently when we believe in ourselves. Boaler gives hope to the the mathematically fearful or challenged, shows a pathway to success, and brings into question the very basics of how our teachers approach what should be a rewarding experience for all children and adults.

Jo Boaler is a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University. Her book Experiencing School Mathematics won the Outstanding Book of the Year award for education in Britain. A recipient of a National Science Foundation “early career award”‘ she was recently named by BBC as one of the eight educators changing the face of education.’

 

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