Jo Boaler, John Hattie, Carol Dweck, George Polya

MathTreks’ design is based on the research of leading scholars: mathematician George Polya, psychologist Carol Dweck, mathematical education scholar Jo Boaler, and education scholar John Hattie.  

Learning math according to best practices from research

MathTreks’ design is based on the research of leading scholars: mathematician George Polya, psychologist Carol Dweck, mathematical education scholar Jo Boaler, and education scholar John Hattie.  

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Meaningful Problems

MathTreks embraces problem - based learning, an approach where problems drive learning. We target the more advanced stages of learning in which students apply their foundational mathematical understanding to new contexts. We've updated the traditional math word problem to make it more meaningful -  each problem is presented in the medium of our era - video, and addresses a topic that is relevant to the student.

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Meaningful Problems

MathTreks embraces problem - based learning, an approach where problems drive learning. We target the more advanced stages of learning in which students apply their foundational mathematical understanding to new contexts. We've updated the traditional math word problem to make it more meaningful -  each problem is presented in the medium of our era - video, and addresses a topic that is relevant to the student.

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Student Choice

MathTreks is rooted in the belief that a problem becomes meaningful when it is important to a student. For that reason, students select the context of a problem based on their personal interests.

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Student Choice

MathTreks is rooted in the belief that a problem becomes meaningful when it is important to a student. For that reason, students select the context of a problem based on their personal interests.

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Polya's Problem-Solving Framework

Every session is structured around a problem - solving approach developed by Professor George Polya. There are four stages: 1.) Understand the problem, 2.) Devise a plan, 3.) Execute the plan, 4.) Reflect.

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Polya's Problem-Solving Framework

Every session is structured around a problem - solving approach developed by Professor George Polya. There are four stages: 1.) Understand the problem, 2.) Devise a plan, 3.) Execute the plan, 4.) Reflect.

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Discussion

At MathTreks, students talk.... a lot. From articulating the problem to reflecting on their work, students are encouraged to verbalize their thinking and to use math - specific vocabulary well.

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Discussion

At MathTreks, students talk.... a lot. From articulating the problem to reflecting on their work, students are encouraged to verbalize their thinking and to use math - specific vocabulary well.

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Reflection

MathTreks' approach is designed to cultivate a positive mindset towards math, problem - solving, and intellectual challenges.  As students work through problems, their teachers encourage them to be curious, take risks, learn from mistakes, embrace productive struggle, look for opportunities to improve, and reflect on their experience.

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Reflection

MathTreks' approach is designed to cultivate a positive mindset towards math, problem - solving, and intellectual challenges.  As students work through problems, their teachers encourage them to be curious, take risks, learn from mistakes, embrace productive struggle, look for opportunities to improve, and reflect on their experience.