What Happened to Math Class?

Understanding the Shifts in Mathematics Teaching and How to Support Your Child’s Learning


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Thanks for stopping by this page. I recently facilitated an information session for educators and parents to help them understand the changes in mathematics education and had the session recorded so I could share it with you. 

The video is divided into chapters if you want to watch it in smaller sections. Simply hover your cursor over the dots on the progress bar on the video to see the chapter titles. Click on the dot to jump to that chapter.

          Chapter 1: Sorting Through the Misinformation

          Chapter 2: Unplugging from the Matrix of Math

          Chapter 3: Lost in Boston: The Illusion of Understanding

          Chapter 4: Understanding What It’s Like to Be a Student

          Chapter 5: Concrete, Representational, and Abstract Thinkers

          Chapter 6: Fostering Adaptive Reasoning

          Chapter 7: How to Support Your Students’ Learning

Below are resources (websites, articles, etc.) you may find helpful. Feel free to share the link to this page with colleagues, administrators, parents, and anyone else you think might be interested.

Also, if you are interested in having me come to your district to work with your teachers, administrators, or parents, please reach out to me at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu. Thanks. 

Best regards,



These sites are loaded with great math tasks, articles, blogs, videos, and resources to support you and the learning of the students you support. 






Math Games

These are just a few of my favorite math games to play with students and adults. Just click the images to learn more about the games and how to purchase them. 





These articles address a lot of the common challenges families face when making sense of the changes in mathematics education. They’re helpful for educators as well. 

11 Ways to Help Your Child Enjoy Math by Michaelson Monaghan

Fluency Without Fear by Jo Boaler

Helping Your Child With Today’s Math: A parents’ guide to surviving math class all over again: valuable tools to help you help your your child with today’s mathematics from the National Education Association.

Back Off Parents: It’s Not Your Job to Teach Common Core Math When Helping with Homework: What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ Common Core homework? By Kathleen Lucadamo

6 Ways to Support your Child’s Mathematical Development by Jo Boaler

Memorizers are the Lowest Achievers and Other Common Core Math Surprises by Jo Boaler

The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math by Jo Boaler

A Family’s Guide: Fostering Your Child’s Success in School Mathematics edited by Amy Mirra

Books for Elementary:

Books for 6-12:

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What Happened to Math Class? by Mike Flynn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at mathleadership.org.