What is the best way to boost math learning?
MathAction has a big mission: empower the next generation to use mathematics as a tool to understand – and seek solutions for – the most pressing global challenges of our time.
Most math classes focus on teaching math concepts and skills out of context. This approach only excites a handful of students, leaving the rest to struggle or lose interest. Currently math students in the USA rank 35 out of 64 countries, and the achievement gap continues to widen. MathAction re-engages young people and accelerates learning.
Our work is focused on teaching teachers.
At the elementary school level, we teach educators how to use creative math to develop a deep love of mathematics at an early age.
In middle and high schools, we share our project-based approach using our student-tested instructional materials, and help teachers learn how to best use adaptive technologies for personalized and blended learning for 2-6 week interdisciplinary math projects. All of our work is aligned with Common Core math content and practice standards. We also offer after school math programs, bridging learning in and outside of the classroom to accelerate math achievement.
MathAction students explore challenges at both the local and global levels so that young people can make connections to their own lives - and identify ways to address these issues in their own schools and communities. For example, an 8th grade project on population dynamics leads to debates about regulating population and the earth's carry capacity; a 7th grade project on micro-lending explores how this practice can help both global and local neighborhoods.
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MathAction blends the precision of math with the ambiguities of complex global challenges.
By blending the precision of math with the ambiguities of complex global challenges, MathAction students learn to use mathematics to investigate social and environmental issues, recognize multiple perspectives, communicate ideas and inform their actions. Writing (creative, analytical, persuasive) is part of every project.
We support students to become mathematically and globally literate - career, college, and community ready - who will make positive contributions to the world.
We are dedicated to closing both achievement and opportunity gaps - especially in middle school - so that all students can pursue STEM careers if they choose. That said, we are equally passionate about strengthening these literacies in every young person regardless of career choice.
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