Goodreads About Teaching and Learning Math

Stanford Online Course, “How to Learn Math”

This free online course provides information about learning and the brain, describes effective learning strategies for mathematics, and dispels harmful myths about the learning of mathematics.  Parents can register for this course by visiting, clicking “courses” and then “online student course.”

In Code:A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery
This is the autobiography of Sarah Flannery who won the EU’s Young Scientist prize in 1999 for her work in cryptography. Flannery traces the roots of her success to the time she spent as a child solving challenging math puzzles and listening to adults talk about their struggles and successes with math. Flannery provides detailed explanations about modular arithmetic and prime numbers before going on to describe her project and its success.

Steven Strogatz on the Elements of Math
This 15-part online series takes the reader on a fascinating journey from early number concepts through calculus.


James Hablin’s piece, “100 Percent is Overrated,” offers a cautionary tale about labelling kids “smart” and suggests alternate ways parents can help students develop a growth mindset and become confident and capable learners.

The book, Mathematical Mindsets, by Jo Boaler (a #1 best seller on Amazon even before its release date) is a fascinating read about mathematics teaching and learning.

Kathy Richardson’s book How Children Learn Number Concepts is a must-read for all parents of very young children. The author’s descriptions about how young children come to know number are both accessible and compelling.

Making Sense by James Hiebert and colleagues — a seminal text in mathematics education — describes the reasons why confusion, reflection, and communication are essential processes in the learning of mathematics.

Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics identifies the essential components of mathematical proficiency and provides detailed examples of how these processes help students progress from arithmetic through algebra.

Jessica Lahey’s article, “The Problem with Math Problems: We’re Solving Them Wrong” addresses ways to prepare young children for success in advanced mathematics. Lahey shares the insights from experts in mathematics education who stress the importance of providing young children with challenging, age-appropriate riddles and letting them struggle to find the answers.