In order to introduce incoming 9th-grade students to mathematical thinking at LWHS, the Mathematics Department is requiring all incoming 9th graders to complete a free, self-paced online course over the summer. Register here. Details of the course, which is conducted through Stanford University, are below. Please contact Mathematics Department Chair Annie Mehalchick if you have questions. Students must maintain a copy of the certificate of completion and email it to Ms. Mehalchick.
How to Learn Math: For Students
How to Learn Math is a class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.
Instructor: Dr. Jo Boaler
Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and founder of youcubed. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex, England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools, and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. She is the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), and the author of seven books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2009) Penguin, US, and The Elephant in the Classroom (2010) Souvenir Press, UK. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning for teachers and parents, a White House presenter, and an advisor to the PISA team at the OECD.
What is the course structure?
The course will consist of six short lessons, taking approximately 20 minutes each. The lessons will combine presentations from Dr. Boaler and a team of undergraduates, interviews with members of the public, cutting edge research ideas, interesting visuals and films, and explorations of math in nature, sport and design.
What is the pace of the course?
The course will be self-paced, and you can start and end the course at any time in the months it is open. It is recommended that you take no more than one session a week to allow the ideas to be processed and understood.
How will I be assessed?
There will be no formal assessment. Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-course survey. The course will include quizzes that combine opportunities to write, work on math, and reflect. These will not be graded.
Once you complete the course, please take a screenshot or email a copy of the certificate of completion to Ms. Mehalchick.
Mathematics Department Chair