George Lucas Educational Foundation

Math

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

  • Finding High-Quality Math Tasks Online

    A guide to finding math work at every level of cognitive demand for elementary students, including problems that push their thinking.
    Emily Shapiro
  • Encouraging Students’ Independence in Math

    Including emotion regulation activities in math lessons can help elementary students learn the content more effectively.
  • Tapping Into the News to Teach Math

    A high school teacher leverages current events to show students how they can use math to inform their decisions about real-world problems.
  • 60-Second Strategy: 3-Read Protocol

    Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.
  • 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.
  • 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 Rubik’s Cubes to Teach Math

    A high school math teacher designed hands-on learning experiences and fostered deep engagement with Rubik’s Cubes.
  • A Strategy for Reducing Math Test Anxiety

    Letting students discuss a test with peers before they take it can reduce anxiety—and it creates an opportunity to ask deeper questions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

    Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
    Alfred Posamentier
  • 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.
  • Using Pop Culture to Teach STEM

    Beach reads and summer blockbusters can be tools to create more engaging STEM lessons for the school year.