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Apply Yup Teaching Methods to Help Your Students Master Math and More

The Tales from the Classroom team is excited to share this invited blog post from our friends at Yup. Yup is an education technology company on a mission to empower every student to learn. The Yup Math Tutoring App pairs students with vetted experts who work with them to build long-term problem-solving skills in a 1:1 virtual session. The Yup Academics Team put together this eBook for educators—it outlines Yup’s teaching methods and offers tips and questions teachers can utilize in their own instruction. In this post by Luisa Isbell, you can learn more and get the eBook for free below!

Yup’s teaching methods form the backbone of their tutoring process. Their methods were developed over time by a team of education experts with decades of experience as teachers, professors, curriculum directors, and academic deans. The result—a set of principles, methods, and mindsets that you can instill in your own students to help build their confidence, problem-solving skills, and ability to apply learnings long-term.

Yup is an app for math tutoring, but their teaching methods were designed specifically to be applicable across subjects and situations. This eBook will take you on a deep dive into these methods. So whether you’re an educator looking for even more instructional resources or an administrator seeking tools to help empower your teachers, you can expect to gain the following by reading:

  • An overview of Yup’s mission to teach students transferable skills

  • A thorough breakdown of Yup’s research-backed teaching methods

  • An introduction to the long-term benefits of learning math

Here’s a preview of Yup’s teaching methods below. Download the full resource for more!

Habits for Success

Yup tutors help students build habits for long-term learning. This homegrown methodology for problem-solving was inspired by George Polya’s landmark educational resource How to Solve It and encourages students to adopt a repeatable approach called UPSCR (understand, plan, solve, check, and reflect).

Visible Student Thinking

Yup closely adheres to the principles set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). This includes training their tutors to ask purposeful questions that prompt students to demonstrate their thought process and understanding. An example of this is asking a student to summarize in writing how they got to a certain step in their problem.

Growth Mindset

When students have a Growth Mindset, they are more open to challenges and tend to build a positive relationship with learning. Pioneered by motivation psychology expert Carol Dweck, this theory touts “productive struggle” as a path towards understanding concepts. Students with a Growth Mindset value the process of learning as much as they value getting the right answer.

Who Created Yup’s Teaching Methods?

The Yup team is composed of education experts who have held every classroom role imaginable. Just as district math directors set the vision for learning in a school setting, Yup’s Academics Team ensures that research-based teaching practices are followed in every one of Yup’s tutoring sessions.

Team director Kreg Moccia is a Harvard alum with over a decade of experience teaching math, coaching teachers, and serving as academic dean for multiple high-performing charter schools in New York City. He leads the strategy for how Yup tutors teach and ensures that students using the app are actually learning for the long term.

Educational consultant Claire Polcrack taught upper-level math for five years through Teach for America before becoming Achievement Director for several high schools in New York and Connecticut. She helps set the vision and strategy for Yup’s teaching methods.

Educational consultant Emily Banks also began her education career with Teach for America. She has spent the last 10 years serving students as a math teacher, coach, and most recently as principal. Emily supports Yup’s work with school onboarding in the Yup for Schools program.

The late Professor Judah L. Schwartz also played an important role as a member of Yup’s Education Advisory Board, and he will be missed dearly. Learn more about his incredible career and contributions in this dedicated post.