# What is a Thinking Classroom?

"What was missing for these students, and their teachers, was a central focus in mathematics on thinking. The realization that this was absent in so many classrooms that I visited motivated me to find a way to build, within these same classrooms, a culture of thinking, both for the student and the teachers. I wanted to build, what I now call, a thinking classroom – a classroom that is not only conducive to thinking but also occasions thinking, a space that is inhabited by thinking individuals as well as individuals thinking collectively, learning together, and constructing knowledge and understanding through activity and discussion."

Peter Liljedahl, Simon Fraser University, Canada

### Why is Math Taught Differently Now?

### Reflections of Students Learning in a Thinking Classroom...

A High School student talking about learning math through problem solving in a "thinking classroom".

A grade 8 student and her mother talking about learning math through problem solving in a "thinking classroom".

## Parent Math Night

A video presentation of our Parent Math Night to explain how math is being taught as well as some personal strategies students may be using for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

## Early Numeracy Night

A video presentation of our Early Numeracy Night to explain how to help develop number sense in young children (3-5 years old).

## Raj Shah

Why is math taught so differently now?Dr. Raj Shah explains why math is taught differently than it was in the past and helps address parents' misconceptions about the "new math".

## James Tanton

Dr. James Tanton is a research mathematician with a PhD from Princeton, a former high school teacher and a presenter who makes the most complex mathematics make so much sense.

## Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He advocates for better math instruction. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of the Future.

## Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler is named by the BBC as one of eight people who are challenging the future of education with concrete solutions to transform students' math experiences that are linked to brain research.