Youcubed

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Bottom Line

A fantastic resource for teachers working on changing attitudes toward math and teaching it in an innovate and engaging way.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

Youcubed is really focused on providing resources to parents and teachers and includes lots of lesson plans, videos, and curricula that can be implemented in the classroom. There’s even a great section called “Week of Inspirational Math(s)” where you can create a personally curated daily list of videos, resources, and tasks. A personal link to your curated content can then be shared with others. There are also significant lesson plans and activities that can be incorporated into your classroom.

What Is It?

Youcubed is a platform for teachers and parents to find information on how to approach math from a very different angle. By focusing on addressing the myths of the “math brain” and that only those who are good at math will ever succeed, founder Dr. Jo Boaler provides materials and research that puts math in a whole new light. The website is broken into five main sections: Ideas, Tasks, Films, Courses, and Research. The Ideas section delves into different methods to approach math instruction, while Tasks focuses more on resources for both teachers and students. The Films area includes a number of videos on a number of math topics. The Courses section includes two paid, self-paced online courses for teachers or a free online self-paced course for students. All the courses have a similar focus, breaking down the myths and stereotypes of what it means to be a math student. Finally, Research includes research articles, books, and other news associated with the site and the message it’s promoting.

Is It Good for Learning?

All the materials on Youcubed are backed by Stanford University and the research taking place there. They’re all based on, and promote, the ideas of growth mindset and innovative teaching with a focus on mathematics. As such, the site provides invaluable resources to teachers seeking new and innovative ways to introduce math to their students and to address common misconceptions about math as a subject. There’s even a poster dedicated to the difference between the terms “math” and “maths” and why there’s a difference. While the site is quite extensive (if a little hard to navigate) and contains materials for a wide range of users, the focus is really on helping teachers learn new and innovative skills for teaching math and providing resources for them to implement in their classroom. Also, while one of the courses is aimed at students (and tries to be engaging), the strength of the site isn’t in addressing students directly but instead in providing those who teach them (including families) with research-based methods to engage students and change attitudes toward mathematics. And that’s where its greatest strengths lie.
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