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Mathematical Mindset

This free, online course combines important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively.

This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively.

We encourage you to share this experience with your child in this self-directed course. Main concepts include:

  • Knocking Down the Myths About Math
  • Math and Mindset
  • Mistakes and Speed
  • Number Flexibility, Mathematical Reasoning, and Connections
  • Number Patterns and Representations
  • Math in Life, Nature, and Work

Fostering the development of a growth mindset in our children, especially when it comes to math, is an integral piece of their future success in any field or job. With a growth mindset, students believe that intelligence can grow. Find out more about the Growth Mindset and review these resources for parents to use in your home.

Thank you to YouCubed from Stanford University for providing this parent resource with the goal to inspire, educate and empower parents who want their children to become better problem solvers.

Teachers and students believe everyone can learn math at high levels.

  • Students are not tracked or grouped by achievement.
  • All students are offered high-level work.
  • "I know you can do this" and "I believe in you".
  • Praise effort and ideas, not the person.
  • Students vocalize self-belief and confidence.

Communication and connections are valued.

  • Students work in groups, sharing ideas and visuals.
  • Students relate ideas to previous lessons or topics.
  • Students connect their ideas to their peers' ideas, visuals, and representations.
  • Teachers create opportunities for students to see connections.
  • Students relate ideas to events in their lives and the world.

The math is visual.

  • Teachers ask students to draw their ideas.
  • Tasks are posed with a visual component.
  • Students draw for each other when they explain.
  • Students gesture to illustrate their thinking.

The math is open.

  • Students are invited to see math differently.
  • Students are encouraged to use and share different ideas, methods, and perspectives.
  • Creativity is valued and modeled.
  • Students' work looks different from each other.
  • Students use ownership words: "my method" or "my idea".

The enironment is filled with wonder and curiosity.

  • Students extend their work and investigate.
  • Their teacher invities curiosity when posing tasks.
  • Students see math as an enexplore puzzle.
  • Students freely ask and pose questions.
  • Students seek important information.
  • "I've never thought of it like that before."

The classroom is a risk-taking, mistake-valuing environment.

  • Students share ideas even when they are wrong.
  • Peers seek to understand rather than to correct.
  • Students feel comfortable when they are stuck or wrong.
  • Teachers and students work together when stuck.
  • Tasks are low floor/high ceiling.
  • Students disagree with each other and the teacher.

developed by Jo Boaler/ and Tulare County Office of Education