This past week, we were thrilled to have Fran Kane, the Assistant Principle from St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Australia, visit to observe the way we use youcubed in the classroom. She shared with us an amazing text, Extending Mathematical Understanding by Ann Gervasoni, that helps to deepen the conceptual understanding of math, and we talked at length about educational resources internationally and their shared ideals. It's truly amazing to see how similar some of these approaches are, even across the world!
What is youcubed you ask? Developed by Jo Boland at Stanford University, youcubed is a program which provides open-ended questions that have an easy entry point but extend to deep levels of mathematics. Using this approach has helped our students become creative thinkers in math and gives them rich opportunities to practice talking about math with each other. Because of it's versatility, we've also been able to integrate the youcubed philosophy throughout our classes at MCS. Check out our adventures in Math Class below!