Engage students in mathematics using growth mindset techniques The most challenging parts of teaching mathematics are engaging students and helping them understand the connections between mathematics concepts. In this volume, you'll find a collection of low floor, high ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas at the kindergarten-grade level through visualization, play, and investigation.
During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message-that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student engagement, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that:
There is no such thing as a math person - anyone can learn mathematics to high levels.
Mistakes, struggle and challenge are the most important times for brain growth.
Speed is unimportant in mathematics.
Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics.
With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.
, Jen Munson
, Cathy Williams
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Series: Mindset Mathematics
07 August 2020
Professional and scholarly
Introduction Low-Floor, High-Ceiling Tasks Youcubed Summer Camp Memorization versus Conceptual Engagement Mathematical Thinking, Reasoning, and Convincing Big Ideas Structure of the Book Note on the Structure of Kindergarten Note on Materials Big Idea 1: Understanding the physical quantity of number Visualize: Count a Collection Play: How Many Do You See? Investigate: Making a Counting Book Big Idea 2: Using fingers as numbers Visualize: Feeling Fingers Play: Show Me with Your Fingers Investigate: Hand Mirrors Big Idea 3: Talking about and making shapes Visualize: Talking About Shapes Play: Make a Shape Investigate: Building Blocks Big Idea 4: Seeing numbers inside numbers Visualize: Dot Talks Play: Snap It! Investigate: Which is More? Big Idea 5: Putting numbers together Visualize: Growing Bigger and Bigger Play: Roll the Dice Investigate: Foot Parade Big Idea 6: Describing and sorting objects Visualize: Sorting Supplies Play: Sorting Emojis Investigate: Sorting Buttons Big Idea 7: Seeing and making patterns everywhere Visualize: A World of Patterns Play: DIY Patterns Investigate: Kinder Dance Party Big Idea 8: Stretching counting toward 100 Visualize: Counting Larger Collections Play: Making a Collection Investigate: Hundred Chart Patterns Appendix Grid paper
JO BOALER is a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University and co-founder and faculty director of youcubed. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies and is a White House presenter on girls and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The author of seven books, including Mathematical Mindsets, and numerous research articles, she is a regular contributor to news and radio in the United States and England. JEN MUNSON is an assistant professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University, a professional developer, and a former classroom teacher. She received her PhD in mathematics education from Stanford University. Her research focuses on responsive, equitable mathematics instruction. CATHY WILLIAMS is the co-founder and the executive director of youcubed at Stanford University. Before working at youcubed, she was a high school math teacher and worked in mathematics curriculum and administration at the county and district levels in California.