Math-ish: Finding Creativity, Diversity, and Meaning in Mathematics

HarperOne. May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780063340800. $29.99. ED
Many people dread working with numbers or learning how to solve math problems. To help reduce avoidance toward math, Boaler, a professor of education and equity at Stanford University (Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers), urges educators to change their approach to teaching the subject. Her book notes that currently, students are often taught to avoid making mistakes when solving math problems. As a result, many students tend to give up, stay away from math classes when they have a choice in the matter, and ultimately lose confidence in ever being good at math. Boaler argues that improving attitudes toward math starts with the learning process and the way the subject is. She suggests that math education could be improved by allowing and even encouraging mistakes. Boaler also believes that incorporating visuals and practical demonstrations, when applicable, can make a big difference in students grasping and retaining the material. This book includes numerous examples to help readers understand mathematical concepts.
VERDICT Recommended for readers both fascinated by and leery of math. Educators who are looking for a different way to approach math will especially benefit from this title.
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