My Big Takeaway
Three tips to help encourage a math mindset for my math students
1. Math is cool!
And everyone is capable of enjoying and exploring math at a higher level. Students (of all genders, races, and income levels) need to think that math is cool. How as a teacher can I encourage that in my classroom and school?
2. Make math fun!
I vow to make more math projects that encourage exploration, problem-solving, and team work. Especially projects that are real-world, have multiple answers and multiple approaches. My students should get to “play” with math.
3. Help parents help their students.
As part of curriculum night or an math workshop for parents, we will discuss growth mindset and ways they can positively help their students at home and not perpetuate the idea that “I’m bad at math, and so are you.” Math skills are not genetic!
So, math is fun and I enjoy teaching math and it’s my responsibility to share this enthusiasm with my students. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this book for my insights and action steps!