In a survey of teachers who used Citizen Math (formerly known as Mathalicious) lessons, 97% of teachers agreed the helped students become more engaged, effective problem solvers. Additionally, in a large-scale study conducted by Northwestern University, students said the real-life application of math, and the discussion-based process though which teachers lead Citizen Math lessons, promotes a much deeper understanding and long-term grasp of mathematics.
Beyond the satisfaction that comes from experiencing more engaged students, and the fulfillment that comes from helping them achieve success, nearly half of teachers said using Citizen Math improved their own affinity for, and understanding of, math. More than half said they have actually changed their entire approach to teaching math. Because Citizen Math lessons are memorable and develop mathematical intuition through experience, they serve as “anchor lessons” that teachers can build upon during the year when introducing formal math ideas. Each of these lessons touches on several topics and often serves as the “anchor” for up to two months of math classes. By integrating Citizen Math lessons into a core curriculum, the curriculum becomes measurably stronger, teachers become measurably happier, and students become measurably more successful.