Research Articles

Boaler J., Brown, K., LaMar T., Leshin M., and Selbach-Allen M. (2022). Infusing Mindset through Mathematical Problem Solving and Collaboration: Studying the Impact of a Short College Intervention. Educ. Sci. 12(10), 694. Boaler J., Dieckmann J.A., LaMar T., Leshin M., Selbach-Allen M. and Pérez-Núñez G. (2021). The Transformative Impact of a Mathematical Mindset Experience Taught at […]

Anyone Can Learn to High Levels

Many people think that some students can work to high levels and some cannot because of the brains they are born with, but this idea has been resoundingly disproved. Study after study has shown the incredible capacity of brains to grow and change within a remarkably short period of time. Some of the amazing evidence […]

Parents’ Beliefs about Math Change Their Children’s Achievement

We now know that the messages we give students can change their performance dramatically, and that students need to know that the adults in their lives believe in them. Researchers are learning that students’ ideas about their ability and potential are extremely important, much more than previously understood. As well as the messages we give […]

When You Believe In Your Students They Do Better

It may seem obvious that students achieve at higher levels when teachers believe in them, but few would have predicted how much a simple message from teachers can change students’ whole trajectories and achievement. A study many years ago that probably would not be allowed today, showed something remarkable about teacher beliefs. Researchers told teachers […]

Aligning Assessment to Brain Science

Introduction The complex ways that children understand mathematics is fascinating to me. Students ask questions, see ideas, draw representations, connect methods, justify, and reason in all sorts of different ways. But recent years have seen all of these different nuanced complexities of student understanding reduced to single numbers and letters that are used to judge […]

Visual Math Improves Performance

Mathematics educators have long known that engaging students in visual representations of mathematics is extremely helpful for their learning. When youcubed offered “How Close to 100” as an activity for learning math facts with visual representations, teachers across the world were thrilled and responded with thousands of tweets showing students learning by playing the game. […]

Youcubed Summer Camps

At youcubed, we have pioneered the Mathematical Mindset teaching approach which was first developed and studied in a camp we hosted at Stanford in the summer of 2015. Below you can read more about the camp and the teaching approach, including evidence that teachers across the US successfully implemented youcubed-inspired camps in 2019. You can […]

Fluency Without Fear

Download PDF Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts By Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, co-founder youcubed With the help of Cathy Williams, co-founder youcubed & Amanda Confer, Stanford University Updated January 28th, 2015 Introduction A few years ago a British politician, Stephen Byers, made a harmless error […]