George Lucas Educational Foundation

Math

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

  • Personalized Professional Development

    Lesson study helps teachers improve by focusing on collaboratively planning and revising a single lesson.
  • A Game-Changing Practice Fuses Math and Literacy

    A program that scaffolds math with reading and writing has a formerly struggling elementary school in the Bronx dramatically outperforming the state in math.
  • From Concrete to Abstract—The Montessori Math Approach

    At an elementary school in South Carolina, tactile materials, color coding, and vocabulary changes help students grasp high-level math concepts.
  • 60-Second Strategy: 3-Read Protocol

    Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Building a Schoolwide Culture of Consistency

    A principal has turned a school in the Bronx around by asking teachers to promote literacy every day—in every subject area.
  • The Research on Early Childhood Math

    In a recent book, developmental psychologists and teachers discuss the best approaches to math education in the early grades.
  • 9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

    Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
  • Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

    These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
  • Using Reading and Writing to Do Math

    This 5-step process leverages literacy skills—like reading, annotating, and writing—to help students solve math word problems.
  • A Case for Finger Counting

    New research suggests that young children may make gains in math by counting with their fingers.
  • Turning Math Into a Game

    Building a sense of play around math problems encourages students to engage and collaborate.
  • The Math All Around Us

    A middle school math teacher on how to make real-world math connections during field trips and interdisciplinary projects.
  • Guiding Students to Apply What They Learn

    A state Teacher of the Year used project-based learning to push her students to think critically and apply their learning in math.