George Lucas Educational Foundation

Math

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in mathematics.

  • Bringing Number Talks to the Online Classroom

    Elementary school teachers use number talks to guide students to engage deeply with concepts, and they can work online, with a little creativity.
    Zachary Maher
  • 4 Ways to Encourage Math Talks

    Math discussions boost students’ math skills—and also help them see themselves as valued math thinkers.
  • A Simple Math Activity That Engages All Students

    This quick and engaging low ceiling, high floor activity boosts students’ confidence and helps them think creatively about mathematical relationships.
  • 60-Second Strategy: 3-Read Protocol

    Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.
  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
  • A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

    A four-step approach to group work can get students talking and boost their mathematical and metacognitive thinking.
  • Learning Math by Seeing It as a Story

    An English teacher co-teaching trigonometry asked students to explain an equation to a child and to turn discrete problems into a story.
  • 9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

    Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
    Alfred Posamentier
  • Bringing a Culturally Responsive Lens to Math Class

    A middle school math project gives students a chance to apply the skills they learn in class to an issue they care about.
  • Maintaining Students’ Motivation for Learning as the Year Goes On

    Neuroscience can suggest ways to keep students working toward their learning goals after their initial excitement wears off.
  • How a Literacy-First Program Revived a School

    A Title I school in the Bronx is dramatically improving student outcomes—one book at a time.
  • Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

    These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
  • A Case for Finger Counting

    New research suggests that young children may make gains in math by counting with their fingers.
  • Game-Based Learning in Middle School Math

    Working with teachers, researchers created free online math games that encourage students to persist in grappling with difficult concepts.
  • 4 Tips for Engaging Reluctant Math Learners

    Showing students real-world applications of math helps boost their willingness to struggle with difficult concepts.