Learning can be one of our lives' most fulfilling experiences. Or it can be downright dreadful. No matter where or who they are, students deserve a high quality learning program. They deserve to be engaged and inspired, to laugh along with goofy class jokes, and to feel validated because they have the same question as someone else in room.
This must be our mission, and nothing less:
1.) to offer students a
gratifying math experience
2.) one that teaches them everything they need to know, at a high level
3.) one that leaves them feeling good about the subject, and themselves, afterwards
students need to learn math now, for their current coursework. But the
stakes of this moment extend far after their math courses are behind them.
Students carry with them both positive and negative memories of
for the rest of their lives.
Decades from now, they shouldn't be saying, "UGH, I'm just no good at
math." They could be saying, "You know I really enjoy math; it's all
kinda like a puzzle."
It's no secret that their relationship with math now impacts the rest of their lives.
Their career choices, self-confidence, and even just feeling
comfortable while talking numbers, or while handling their finances.
Some people... well, lots of people in fact, immediately associate math learning with negative emotions. And no matter how much a student, parent, or teacher valiantly grits their teeth and tries to get through it, we all know the truth. The truth is that no one can learn at their best if their mind and emotions are locked in a negative state.
That's the burning reason behind what I do. If such values resonate with you as well, then so too will this program. Thank you for considering it.
Robert Ahdoot began his teaching journey more than a decade ago as a classroom math teacher. Throughout that time, his personal mission was to explore every specific way to reach his students. He saw firsthand how learning ignited when he connected to them as people. When in such an elevated space, any prior feelings of shutdown they had experienced vanished. One mental note led to several, which led to a living and growing teacher playbook. Through years of dedication and focus on student connection, his classes became fun, lively, and positive beacons of learning for both him and his students.
Yet within so elevated a space, he and his students felt a restlessness. It was the dawn of the video era, and they knew that what they were stumbling upon something could truly benefit others, if they could only experience it themselves. So out came an impromptu camcorder perched atop a precarious stack of books, and the Yay Math movement was born.
YayMath.org is a free online collection of math video lessons, filmed LIVE in Robert's classroom, featuring authentic student interaction, that's both fun and emotionally connective. It has given life to now iconic, full costume math characters, like the "MathemaGyptian" and "MathemaChicken." Since its inception, Yay Math videos are viewed at a staggering 2 million minutes per month.
Yay Math's online proliferation has provided Robert the opportunity to give multiple TEDx talks on conquering math anxiety, speak at schools about how to permanently achieve inspired learning, create comprehensive online courses for teachers and homeschool families to use, and pen his debut book, One-on-One 101: The Art of Inspired and Effective Individual Instruction. It's the complete guide to connecting to kids, and it has been adopted by multiple school administrations as a blueprint for cultivating transcendent student-teacher learning relationships.
Robert and his family recently returned from a 6-month trip through much of the world. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in Oregon.
I wanted to thank you for your great explanations of math. I am an Army combat veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury and I had forgotten most of my algebra from high school. I had to take a math placement class for my university and used your videos to prepare me.
I was able to pass all of the required courses and when asked if I wanted to take the higher level of math optionally, I took it because I was confident. I graduated with my bachelors in May.
My wife Susanne will be returning to school this semester, and I have been showing her your videos in preparation. She wants you to know that math was her worst subject and likely the reason she didn’t want to return to college, but she feels much more prepared now. I assign her one of your algebra 1 videos every day and we review it at night.
As a teacher, you are an inspiration to your audience, and I hope for the best in your future. People like you make the world a little easier to navigate through.
Yours very respectfully,
- Jeffrey T, Fort Collins CO
PreviewChapter 0 Full Student Packet (download & print) (0:19)
Preview0-1 Plan for Problem Solving
Preview0-2 Real Numbers
Preview0-3 Operations with Integers
Start0-4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers
Start0-5 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers
Preview0-6 The Percent Proportion
PreviewChapter 0 Practice Test
StartChapter 0 Test
StartChapter 2 Full Student Packet (download & print) (0:39)
Start2-1 Writing Equations
Start2-2 Solving One-Step Equations
Start2-3 Solving Multi-Step Equations
Start2-4 Solving Equations with the Variable on Each Side
Start2-5 Absolute Value Equations
Start2-6 Ratios and Proportions
Start2-7 Percent of Change
Start2-8 Literal Equations and Dimensional Analysis
Start2-9 Weighted Averages
StartChapter 2 Practice Test
StartChapter 2 Test
A statement from the provost of Harvard University, commenting on comparisons between online learning and in person learning:
"Rather than seeking to approximate the campus experience online, we can focus our efforts on creating the best possible remote education experience. A successful shift of this magnitude will require tremendous creativity and dedication."
- Dr. Alan Garber, Provost, Harvard University
Yay Math's promises.
- You don't need a textbook. The curriculum is fully self-contained.
- The program is complete, covering a full year's worth of Algebra materials.
- It's easy and instant to implement. Access can begin in minutes.
- The interface is mobile friendly, across all devices, and all browsers.
- All answer keys are provided, by Robert's hand, written out step-by-step, using intuitive coloring, with a human and sometimes light-hearted touch.
- Yay Math is the first-of-its kind throughout in the world, because its math lessons are filmed in front of a live
classroom, with real student interaction. So when you watch, you feel like
you're right in that room, sharing in the class's fun vibe.
For example, meet the "Mathema-CHICKEN"...
- You'll get your time back. You no longer need to painstakingly find/create content, sift through the internet ocean, or constantly vet sources. All the work is already done for you, at an exemplary level.
- Any negative relationship towards math will be healed. Ever heard a student laughing while learning math? It ignites your heart.
- Best of all, students, parents, and teachers simply LOVE it. It's the way learning ought to be.
Let's just say it: it's time to stop subjecting our students to some of the dreadful learning practices of the past.
No more learning straight from the book, or from notes literally written in Greek, or from emotionless lectures. They only alienate students and stop learning cold. Every student, no matter where/who they are, deserves to have high-quality math experience. To smile while learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
For teachers, your account gives you immediate access to a treasure trove of materials. The program works as an all-in-one online curriculum that's at your full disposal. You can use it to fuel your day's lessons, showcase videos as needed, and assign both online-based or written practice work. Every lesson plan is entirely done for you, including practice tests, chapter tests, and all hand-written step-by-step answer keys. All materials are also instantly downloadable for you to print, or to post to your school's LMS.
Homeschool families use this platform as a comprehensive, easy-to-use online course. Students jump right in and learn, section by section.
Last but not least, a variety of leaders, independent instructors, independent learners, and special educators use this course for a variety of reasons (e.g. to build necessary skills for a college course, to prep for a standardized test, or for an upcoming career change.) Reasons for obtaining this program are as unique as people themselves. How about parents who retain access to the course materials, for whenever their children need immediate support in a high school or college class? Or grandparents who use this program to bolster their own understanding, so that they may be active participants in their grandchildren's education? Just spectacular.
Check out this live and interactive pie chart, showcasing exactly who signed up on Yay Math's new Algebra 1 course waiting list. Many different walks of life represented, all in our common pursuit for a comprehensive, relatable, and exemplary math program.
But then the coronavirus emergency shut down schools, as school officials have openly advised their communities that future closures are very possible. With that situation at hand, I realized that one-year access to this program is not in best service to you. Therefore, for the same price as one year's access, you'll obtain lifetime access to the program.
This way, an expiring account is one thing you won't have to worry about. For less than the cost of a textbook, the program will be permanently yours.
That way, you may be able to get credit if you submit certain documents they request. For example, they may request sample work with assignment descriptions, course outlines, course codes, and other specifics of this nature. If you'd like, I can happily assist with the professional arrangement of the portfolio documents, at no additional cost to you.
The necessity to receive credit varies for each individual. Either way, at the conclusion of this course, all students receive a personally authenticated certificate of completion. You may choose to pass the certificate along to any educational institution, as you deem appropriate.
- tailor-made printed course materials
- tons of applicable and engaging practice problems
- practice tests
- chapter tests
- final exams
- all step-by-step, in color, and hand-written keys, for all of the above
- (special bonus) the course also weaves in fun math riddles I've collected since I was a child, and inspirational quotes of wisdom and insight
My journey with math has been quite a road over the years. Learning basic high school math after having already been in college throughout my early twenties has been a challenge in it's own right! Sorting through endless YouTube videos and explanations of math on the internet has been daunting for me - especially during the global pandemic which renders on-campus math assistance impossible. But finding Robert's videos online have brought me so much peace of mind in learning the material for my math courses. It has also in a sense connected me to Robert and his classroom virtually; actually making the engagement of math problems fun! Watching the videos and listening to the kids laugh and learn has been a unique and gratifying learning experience. Robert has a genuine communicative teaching method in the videos which have helped me to transition from the 'real world' to the 'math world' by adding a little joy and laughter. In watching these videos, the connection of knowledge through a genuine and memorable aspect was formed; which is something that I had not experienced before following Robert. Please keep teaching!! Yay Math!!
- Adrienne O., Albuquerque, NM