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    Because everyone can be good at math.

    Stanford University professor Jo Boaler believes math is creative, collaborative, playful, and full of fascinating puzzles. What’s more, she thinks math learning should be approachable, intriguing, and fun for everyone, including you. That’s why, in addition to doing research and training future teachers, she creates math learning experiences for students of all ages. Here are a few gems for high school students from a large and growing collection available through her website at YouCubed.





    Four Boosting Messages

    Find out about growth mindset, brain plasticity, and more in this short video by Jo Boaler and four of her college students.

    Inspirational Math

    Enjoy these math activities one at a time or use the YouCubed tool to build a playlist; organized by grade level.

    How to Learn Math

    Free, ungraded course designed to build confidence and help you find the fun in math; six 20-minute sessions, one per week.

    Solving the Math Problem

    Was this you? Watch younger students reveal some very bad feelings about learning math the conventional (not fun) way. And then hear how things changed for them in the YouCubed maths camp.




    Dr. Jo Boaler

    Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University
    Dr. Jo Boaler is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University. Former roles have included serving as Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at University of Sussex in England and teaching maths in London comprehensive schools. She is author of 14 books and numerous articles and has been a White House presenter on women and girls. Her latest book, Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers, is published by Harper Collins. She formed youcubed.org to give teachers, parents and students the resources they need to excite students about mathematics. She was named by the BBC as one of the eight educators “changing the face of education.

    Coming soon on the XQ Forum: Dr. Boaler will personally introduce How to Learn Math for Teachers and Mathematical Mindset Algebra, both designed to “inspire, educate, and empower” high school math teachers.

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