Monday, April 11, 2016

Mathematical Mindsets

This year, our school is focusing on Growth Mindsets -- especially in math.

Our "mentor text" is Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler.

"With Math I Can…" was born from the sobering realization that more and more kids and adults believe that they aren’t good at math. It is a mentality that is all too common and accepted in our society. It's a mentality that can have a profound and lasting negative impact on an individual. Our mission is to change that mentality and provide support tools to help teachers, educators, and parents deliver the message "With Math I Can…"
Learn much, much more here.

The statements below are Jo Boaler's favourite messages to give students (her 7 Positive Norms). Through these, we are trying to help all students have a positive attitude towards math.

 Read more about them HERE.

This is how we are learning the norms in Room 15 :)

Math is Awesome!
(encouraging a growth mindset)
Everyone can learn math to the highest levels
Mistakes are valuable - they help our brains grow!
Questions are really important – they mean that you are thinking.
Math is about creativity and making sense – we should be creating solutions that other people can understand and talk about.
Math is about connections and communicating. We can show our thinking in many different ways!
Depth is more important than speed. It is more important to think deeply, make connections and to show your thinking, than to answer something quickly.
Math class is about learning, not about performing. It takes a lot of time to learn and we learn best when we are trying really hard.

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