Why do millions struggle with mathematics, and what can teachers do to change that?
The Elephant in the Classroom, by Jo Boaler, offers concrete suggestions on ways to teach maths well, and ways to help children in the home, that will offer new and more effective ways of learning maths. This is an exciting way forward, a new approach that teaches children to reason and problem solve, helping all children, even those who think that they are maths failures and that they could never enjoy maths.
An indispensable guide and resource for parents, teachers and educationalists, The Elephant in the Classroom inspires and enthuses as much as it teaches.
A thought-provoking insight into how maths is taught in UK schools, The Elephant in the Classroom author Jo Boaler believes that it needs to change. Based on studies of thousands of pupils in the UK and the USA, comparing the teaching styles of both, the book emphasises the need to change maths teaching from learning-by-rote to something that will inspire students and teachers alike. Visit Jo Boaler’s website to learn more about her innovative approach to teaching maths.
“The vademecum for any parent who is haunted by their child complaining that maths just isn’t for them…The Elephant in the Classroom…has attracted an enthusiastic and vocal fan club among mums, dads and professionals.”
Daily Telegraph (Read the full article from the Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2012.)
“A very interesting book which addresses some common problems found in the maths classroom which has been well researched and provides positive solutions and practical activities for those interested in trying to encourage students of today to become mathematicians of tomorrow.”
Times Educational Supplement
“Help children to learn to love the subject…Make mathematics more the mathematics that people need out there in the world.”
BBC Radio 4’s ‘Women’s Hour’