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Free Stanford online class to help parents with their kids’ math! June 21, 2013

Filed under: Education,Homeschooling — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:16 pm
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Stanford Online. (scroll down to How to Learn Math)

Obviously, I am all about the free on this blog, and this is the age of free online education. There is a vast array of free on-line classes for just about anything you can think of and from premier universities in our country.

If you are parent that works or one that homeschools, I frequently hear a lot about struggling with mathematics. Even though our household is a “math-y” family, I am signed up right away for this free on-line offering from Dr. Jo Boaler. This course aims to help any one working with a student in math rethink your approach and how to effectively help your child.

Given the dismal state of math education in the US, all parents are right to be concerned about how they can help their students be successful in their studies. I totally get that the majority of parents (unless they have STEM backgrounds) may feel uncomfortable and uncertain once their child starts to get to middle school and higher math.

(excerpt from the course description)

Dr Jo Boaler is Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, editor of the research commentary section of JRME, and author of seven books, including “What’s Math Got To Do With It” (US) / “The Elephant in the Classroom” (UK). Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England and a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools.Who is this course for?
This course is for teachers of math (K-12) or for other helpers of students, such as parents. After the summer I will release a student version of this course. This course provides an opportunity for teachers and parents to preview the ideas for students and think about how they may be useful, as well as learn from new research ideas and share ideas with other teachers and parents who enroll in the course.

What is the pace of the course?

The course will launch on July 15th, a good pace may be to take 2 sessions per week, but you can choose your own pace. The course will close on September 27th, 2013.

Recommended for parents and teachers of any child studying mathematics. Dr. Boaler is planning to release a student version of the course after this summer.

L@WS

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