Mathematical Freedom

Students at youcubed summer camp, whose test scores improved by an average of 50% after just 18 days of mindset math, progress equivalent to 2.8 years of school, gave many reasons for their changed achievement:  the power of seeing math visually, of knowing that mistakes and struggle are good for brain growth and feeling really liberated by that.  In addition, 2 words were repeated by student after student – they felt “mathematically free”.

For many people the words mathematics and freedom just cannot be put in the same sentence.  These are the people – most people in the US – who have learned mathematics as a subject of rules and conformity.  The resources on this page explore the powerful idea of mathematical freedom and changing math for students, so that math becomes about learning instead of performing.  You can read more about these ideas in Jo’s TIME article below.

Here is a poster of ideas from Jo’s TIME article (read more about Mathematical Freedom on Ideas & Impact menu).

A new article by Jo Boaler on the need to change from performance to learning and give students mathematical freedom.

Can you see why the students were saying they felt mathematically free?

A download with two slides illustrating organizational freedom and mathematical thinking.

Two boys from youcubed summer camp reflect on mathematical freedom!

The students who attended youcubed summer camp describe the power of mindset math in their own words!

A summary of ways to create a mathematical mindset classroom– thanks to Shelah Feldstein and Christine Roberts for their help!

A paper describing how to use assessments to empower students to learn and grow.

A list of our favorite 10 messages selected by youcubed staff from the 56 strategies provide by David Wees.