Have you signed up for EDUC115N: How to Learn Math? (it’s free)

Have you signed up for Jo Boaler’s online course, How to Learn Math, a free 8-session online course from Stanford University beginning on July 15? Do you hope to help learners enjoy and learn math? Do you wish you had more tools in your toolkit to help others continue to develop a growth mindset?

The course runs from July 15 through September 27, and learners work at their own pace through the eight concepts. From the overview:


  1. Knocking down the myths about math.
    Math is not about speed, memorization or learning lots of rules. There is no such thing as “math people” and non-math people. Girls are equally capable of the highest achievement. This session will include interviews with students.
  2. Math and Mindset.
    Participants will be encouraged to develop a growth mindset, they will see new evidence of the brain and learning and of how a growth mindset can change students’ learning trajectories and beliefs about math.
  3. Teaching Math for a Growth Mindset.
    This session will give strategies to teachers and parents for helping students develop a growth mindset and will include an interview with Carol Dweck.
  4. Mistakes, challenges & persistence.
    What is math persistence? Why are mistakes so important? How is math linked to creativity? This session will focus on the importance of mistakes, struggles and persistence.
  5. Conceptual Learning. Part I. Number sense
    Math is a conceptual subject- we will see evidence of the importance of conceptual thinking and participants will be given number problems that can be solved in many ways and represented visually.
  6. Conceptual Learning. Part 2. Connections, Representations, Questions.
    In this session we will look at and solve math problems at many different grade levels and see the difference in approaching them procedurally and conceptually. Interviews with successful users of math in different, interesting jobs (Sophie, film maker, Sebastian Thrun, inventor of self-driving cars etc) will show the importance of conceptual math.
  7. Appreciating Algebra.
    Participants will be asked to engage in problems illustrating the beautiful simplicity of a subject with which they may have had terrible experiences.
  8. Going From This Course to a New Mathematical Future.
    This session will review where you are, what you can do and the strategies you can use to be really successful.

Will you let me know if you register?


    • Thank for letting me know, Bo. I heard Jo talk about the course when I was in Denver. I’m looking forward to the experience.

      There are 5 MVPS faculty signed up for PLU credit with me for this course.

      If others need details, just let me know.


  1. Looks interesting, Jill! Would love to get my former math teacher juices flowing– I’ll see if I can swing that along with the move back to Atlanta, etc. I am changing my email address on your follow list, so you will see that. Hope to connect with you in person soon!


  2. Email from Jo Boaler:

    Dear course participants,

    Thank you for signing up for “How to Learn Math”! There are two important pieces of information we thought you would appreciate knowing.

    Because some participants will want to complete the course before school begins in mid August, the course lessons will be released as follows: on July 15th, classes 1-4 will be available; by July 22nd, classes 5 & 6; and by July 29th classes 7 & 8.

    We also wanted you all to know that many school districts are giving teachers 15 hours of credit for taking the course, if they complete it and earn the course Statement of Accomplishment.

    If you know others who want to join the class, they can still register at http://mathlearning.class.stanford.edu.

    That’s all for now. We will be in touch again soon!


    This is an automated email from Stanford Online. You may opt-out of receiving future emails like this by clicking this link.


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