Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Things we believe about Maths

Positive Norms to Encourage in
Maths Class Jo Boaler

1. Everyone Can Learn Maths to the Highest Levels.
Encourage students to believe in themselves. There is no such thing as a “maths” person. Everyone can reach the highest levels they want to, with hard work.


2. Mistakes are valuable
Mistakes grow your brain! It is good to struggle and make mistakes.



3. Questions are Really Important
Always ask questions, always answer questions. Ask yourself: why does that make sense?



4. Maths is about Creativity and Making Sense.
Maths is a very creative subject that is, at its core,
about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.



5. Maths is about Connections and Communicating
Maths is a connected subject, and a form of communication. Represent math in different forms eg words, a picture, a graph, an equation, and link them. Color code!



6. Depth is much more important than speed.
Top mathematicians, such as Laurent Schwartz, think slowly and deeply.



7. Maths Class is about Learning not Performing
Maths is a growth subject, it takes time to learn and it is all about effort.

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