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The Elephant in the Classroom


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A REVISED AND UPDATED EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL BESTSELLER Why do millions struggle with mathematics, and what can be done to change that for the next generation?

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Jo Boaler is Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and was recently chosen by the BBC as one of the eight people 'whose ideas are challenging the future of education'. She has previously taught at King's College, London, the University of Sussex and London comprehensive schools. She is the co-founder of Youcubed.org, which provides mathematics education resources to parents and teachers.


Help children to learn to love the subject ... Make mathematics more the mathematics that people need out there in the world. -- BBC Radio 4 * Woman's Hour *
The Elephant in the Classroom... has attracted an enthusiastic and vocal fan club among mums, dads and professionals. * Daily Telegraph *
A very interesting book which addresses some common problems found in the maths classroom which has been well researched and provides positive solutions. * Times Educational Supplement *
Maths can be fun - if only it's taught properly...Children who are subjected to dry and narrow maths classes need to know this and they need to be introduced to the real mathematics - the varied and exciting subject that will help them for the rest of their lives. -- Scotsman
A very readable book that every teacher of mathematics should, at least, delve into... Gives 'food for THOUGHT'. -- Mathematics Teaching
Fascinating examination of math and math instruction... Boaler makes a strong case for a math revolution that could reduce the animus and help students discover the utility and joy of using the language of numbers. -- The Education Digest
The heart of the book is the author's case for a new kind of classroom teaching using cooperative problem solving to encourage deep learning rather than the rote learning of processes... Fascinating case studies... (and) practical examples of games, puzzles, and strategies to use in the classroom or at home. -- School Librarian
Finally a book which explains how to make maths exciting in school. It focuses mainly on the secondary schools but it does also have implications for every teacher. I would recommend that anyone who is either a maths coordinator, wants to be a maths coordinator, or thinks that their maths coordinator is not the greatest of forward thinkers to go out and buy this book. -- Freeducation blog
The most important book I have read in the last five years... I would urge anyone who has an interest in education or who has children or grandchildren of school age to get a copy of this book, and see how differently maths could and should be taught. -- The Garden Window blog
Practical teaching activities, strategies and questions that can transform a child's mathematical future... Anyone with an interest in our children's mathematical learning will find it fascinating... Practical and enlightening, it gives plenty of food for thought. -- Parents in Touch
I'm hoping that my daughter's teachers have read this book, as I want my girl taught in this way and to develop an interest in the wider subject of maths than is often taught, and to enjoy the process of learning and problem solving. Thanks, Jo Boaler, for opening my eyes. -- The Reading Residence
Professor Jo Boaler ... is on a mission to change the way maths is taught... Her conclusions are fascinating... developments which transform maths lessons into an exciting space where creativity and discussion are as much a feature as endless practice examples from textbooks... A great exposition of a totally different way to teach mathematics. -- The Wright Lines

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