As you well may know, all of our posters are designed based on latest research in cognitive science and neuroscience on the best methods for children to become engaged in maths. A powerhouse force in the change in math education is the YouCubed department at Stanford University. Co-founder Jo Boaler’s work on highlighting number sense and visual mathematics is a major source of inspiration for our designs (no commercial affiliation).
Yesterday YouCubed relaunched their website with an incredible amount of new content. More excitingly, the Week of Inspirational Math has been updated – they have expanded the number of tasks and grades with 32 new maths lessons across the K12 levels. Each lesson is accompanied by a growth mindset video for the students – and we believe a growth mindset is a key determinant in a child’s ability to improve at maths. We will be following a Week of Inspirational Maths along at Bendy Brains and making our own free, downloadable tuition material to complement this wonderful resource.
The first video describes exactly why we started producing our math designs. Jo Boaler articulates that you may believe that some people have an innate ability to do well at math, and some people aren’t “the maths type”. Well, “we now know that is not true. Everyone is born with an an innate ability to do well in maths. And whether you do well or not comes from the experiences you’ve had and the beliefs you hold.” – Professor of mathematics learning at Stanford University, Jo Boaler.