What's at stake?
Hello, my name is Robert Ahdoot. I'm the founder of YayMath.org, and the creator of these courses.
Try asking anyone you know, "What's your math story?"
Then watch as their faces either light up, contort with upset, or
perhaps become thoughtful or reflective. Everyone has a math story.
math story for a moment. How does it play out in your thoughts, and
what's the best word that captures how your math story makes you feel?
Students everywhere are creating their math stories, right now.
Learning can be one of our lives' most fulfilling experiences. Or it can be downright dreadful. No matter where they live, 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-esteem, and even just feeling comfortable while talking numbers, or while handling their finances.
How we feel while we learn is so critical. This is the root reason for why I created this program. Thank you for considering it.
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
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 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.
"Summer of sophomore year of high school, I decided to get ahead in math by taking algebra 2 over the summer. I spent nearly a week trying to find the 'perfect' online course that I wouldn't need a teacher for. I investigated nearly 20 online programs, all of them being faulty in some way. I remembered my homeschool friend who referred to Yay Math as a better Khan Academy. Finding out that he offered an online, self-paced algebra 2 course, with a 'bundle' option that included algebra 2 and geometry, I knew I had to check it out. I decided to buy the course bundle because I have some siblings that will use it in the future. When I got the course, I was amazed at the amount of effort that was put into it. The answer keys had thorough explanations, and if any confusion was encountered Mr. Ahdoot replied really quickly. I found the course setup overall a unique approach to math. Every day I felt excited and motivated to finish the next lesson. I successfully finished algebra 2 over the summer, and I'm now taking precalculus. While I homeschooled for two years, I never found a course that I could 100% recommend to someone, I can now say that I've found one."
- Courtney, Dallas TX
Courses Included with Purchase
Original Price: $172
Yay Math promises that...
- You don't need textbook. The curricula are fully self-contained.
- The programs are complete. They each cover full school year's worth of Geometry and Algebra 2 materials.
- It's easy and instant to implement. Access can begin minutes from now.
- 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, here's 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 emotionless lectures. They only alienate students and stop learning cold. Every student, no matter where they are, deserves to have a high-quality math experience. To smile while learning.
"Robert, thank you so much for putting this Geometry Curriculum together. As a homeschooling mom of six, I have made use of your Yay Math videos for years. It was a little hard to admit that my children liked you better than me - but they had so much fun learning from you. Your enthusiasm for learning is definitely contagious. The curriculum has been such a welcomed addition to our home school. It is so easy to use, for both student and teacher! My two sons that are currently using it are learning so much and having a good time doing it. We are hoping for similar programs in other courses. Thanks again for a terrific product!"
- Danielle, Roxbury, NY
"The Algebra 2 program was such a good investment for me and I’m so glad I made this purchase. I’m an adult returning to college, taking calculus classes and trying to comprehend the material can be challenging. Trying to make sense of it all while studying, I stumbled upon the Yay Math videos on YouTube. I found that the way Robert describes things made it so much easier for me to understand my college math classes. Ever since I found his videos, I’ve been watching all of them from Algebra to Trigonometry, and they’ve helped me get through my classes. Since his other videos were so helpful, and recognizing that I would benefit from more of a solid foundation in Algebra 2, I bought Robert's curriculum program. It’s so much easier to grasp the concepts now, and so easy to use. I would highly recommend this curriculum to anybody who needs a better understanding this material."
- Mario, Columbus OH
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, end-to-end online course. Students jump right in and learn, section by section.
Last but not least, independent students 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.
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, with inevitable uncertainty ahead, 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 yours. No subscription or recurring payment. Once means once.
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 courses also weave in fun math riddles I've collected since I was a child, and inspirational quotes of wisdom and insight
How have you been using the program?
"Yay Math Geometry has been implemented as a supplement to our current curriculum. Last year I used videos only, and this year I have used the videos plus the practice and chapter tests (those are done perfectly as a adaptation from the ones from the book.)"
What's it like for your students?
"It's like having a team teacher come in to present the concepts in a similar, and usually in a more fun way."
What's the learning experience like in the class?
"The learning experience is mainly from sensing the positive vibes from Robert and his students.... it helps my students think that maybe Geometry can be a fun class sometimes!"
What are your students saying?
"He is like you, but younger and funnier."
"Do those kids [the students in the videos] actually like Geometry?"
What is it like "to be you" (the teacher) these days?
"It's nice to use technology on a daily basis... we've come long way from my 'chalkboard days' back in the 1990's!"
- Dan D., math teacher, Benton City, WA