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Mathematical Mindsets

Mathematical Mindsets
Mathematical Mindsets
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Unleashing students' POTENTIAL through creative math, inspiring messages and INNOVATIVE TEACHING
Chapter 3
Posted 5/16/2016 at 9:48:59 AM by Michael Spratt [staff member]
Look at Table 3.1 and 3.2. Discuss how the "most valued skills" have changed from 1970 to 1999.
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Chapter 3 - Spratt
Posted 5/16/2016 at 9:56:04 AM by Michael Spratt [staff member]
I found it very interesting that the sought after skills changed from being content specific to more personal skills. In my opinion, this philosophy plays into the idea of growth mindset by promoting a learning styles that opens a student's work to the group and avoids individual accountability (the group effect).
Chapter 2
Posted 4/15/2016 at 12:24:01 PM by Michael Spratt [staff member]
Under the heading "Mistakes in Life," the habits of successful people are summarized. Read through those habits and base your reply on how you think your students would do with these habits.
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Chapter 2 Woodyard
Posted 5/8/2016 at 9:55:42 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I have always thought more like Piaget when teaching math. Students need to be fluent and memorize the procedures. I have always began instruction with hands on concrete models but never to the level of conceptualizing that I have this year. My students are able to find their own misconceptions and build from their mistakes. One way I have changed this year is my wording used. I will never tell a child they are wrong. Like this chapter discusses students only learn from making mistakes, my students find their misconceptions and conceptualize to find their correct answer. I have learned math is not all about the answer as much as it's about understanding why. Something else that stuck out in this chapter was Dweck , she speaks about parents and communicating with their child. Not only do teachers need to understand and model a growth mindset but parents need to as well. So how do we offer help or educate the parent on this huge move????
Chapter 2 - Spratt
Posted 4/15/2016 at 12:30:25 PM by [anonymous visitor]
As I think of my students, I know they have a hard time being wrong. I am not sure if it is a natural part of maturity, but 3rd grade students seem to think that a wrong answer is the end of the world. Also, the ability to endure through difficulties seems to be a real trouble area. Being the slightest bit uncomfortable can cause a student to shut down. I am looking forward to changing how my students perceive their mistakes.
Chapter 1
Posted 3/16/2016 at 2:07:19 PM by Michael Spratt [staff member]
Chapter 1 is pretty straightforward. Post one or two ideas that you found interesting from chapter 1. Try to post by Monday.
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Chapter 1
Posted 4/1/2016 at 11:21:07 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Becky WOODYARD I was shocked that most damaged by the fixed mindset were high achieving girls. However once I began to reflect on this I saw this to be very true. So how can we target this specific group? I also believe we as adults have this same fixed mindset. So how can we change our own mindset to help our students?
Chapter 1
Posted 4/1/2016 at 11:20:46 AM by [anonymous visitor]
I found the finding by scientists that after the Black Cab drivers retired, their hippocampus shrank back down again interesting. I tell students if they don't use it, they lose it and this proves that statement. I also highlighted the statement about the difference between those who succeed and those who don't is not their brains, but their approach to life, the messages they receive about their potential, and the opportunities they have to learn.
Spratt- Chapter 1
Posted 3/16/2016 at 2:19:23 PM by [anonymous visitor]
I have read it before, but I find myself reflecting upon my own experiences when a student is labeled as a math person. I have always been labeled as a "math" person. This praise from teachers and my parents always made feel like I had to be a good math student. When I struggled, it really made me doubt myself. I would become curious if they were correct. I definitely see the value in praising a task and not the student's intelligence.
Posted 2/12/2016 at 2:00:52 PM by Michael Spratt [staff member]
Tell the group something about yourself (name, grade taught, school). What do you hope to learn about your Mathematical Mindset? Do you need a copy of the book, or will you purchase your own?
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Posted 3/15/2016 at 1:27:30 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Mike, 3rd grade, My goal is to explore the advantages of having a "math" mindset. I look forward to taking this journey with the group.
Posted 3/15/2016 at 11:11:52 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Becky WOODYARD, DRE 1st Grade I want to broaden my understanding on growth mindset and how to incorporate this knowledge into my classroom. I will need a book please.
Posted 3/14/2016 at 11:11:37 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Priscilla, Kindergarten, DRE, I hope on learning a different perspective on the growth mindsets for my classroom. I need a copy of the book.
Posted 3/10/2016 at 2:19:30 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Crystal Webster, 3rd grade, DRE I hope to learn ways to motivate students and keep them from feeling defeated. I need a copy of the book.
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