Here’s a new video from Jo Boaler at **YouCubed.org**.

### Boaler’s Four Key Research-Based Messages

**Everyone can learn math to high levels.**

Studies have shown that our brains are capable of tremendous growth as we study and learn new things.**Believe in yourself.**

When we believe in our potential for growth, our brains respond differently from those who believe their ability is fixed.**Struggle and mistakes are really important.**

The brain ponders a mistake and fires a spark, even if we don’t notice it consciously. Our students need to be challenged — work that is too easy stifles growth.**Speed is not important.**

When we emphasize speed, we discourage deep thinking. And the stress due to time pressure can cause mental blocks, making performance worse.**Check out more research about the brain and learning math.**

There is a huge elephant standing in most math classrooms, it is the idea that only some students can do well in math. Students believe it, parents believe and teachers believe it. The myth that math is a gift that some students have and some do not, is one of the most damaging ideas that pervades education in the US and that stands in the way of students’ math achievement.

—Jo Boaler

Unlocking Children’s Math Potential

### A Wealth of Resources

The **YouCubed site** is full of encouragement and help for families learning math.

- Browse through their
**collection of mathematical tasks**. - Learn how to
**help students build number sense**. - Take a free online
**Stanford course on how to learn math**.

— and plenty more!

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Hi Denise,

I found what this blogger, Quirky Teacher, had to say about Joan Boaler’s research very interesting. It’s long, so I’ll leave the link below:

https://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/jo-boaler-is-wrong-about-maths-facts-and-timed-tests

Research needs to be done well to be useful and this blogger looked up Boaler’s research and gave links to all of them.

Here is the opening paragraph from the Quirky Teacher’s blog, so you can see why it is so long:

“This is a blog post about how I believe Jo Boaler is wrong when she asserts that learning maths facts off by heart and timed tests are detrimental to children’s well-being and mathematical ability. I’ve tried to take the time to read pretty much every piece of research she has linked to in her article and it’s been an interesting reading journey, not least because some of the research she cites seems to provide evidence that learning maths facts off by heart and the use of timed tests are actually beneficial to every aspect of mathematical competency (not just procedural fluency). To help me get my head around what she’s saying, I’ve summarised the entire article and analysed each part:”

–Quirky Teacher( link in first comment)

I have read other criticisms of Jo Boaler in the past. I try to stay out of that sort of fight. So many of the research articles are locked behind one paywall or another that I really can’t make an informed opinion.

I am so happy that I did not become a math teacher. I was just curious about the brain research on learning math facts and what fluency means.

All the research from the blog has links to YouCubed, in case anyone is else is curious.