Chapter 9 Summary
Ways to Use this New Knowledge to Support Our Students in the Classroom
1. Begin the year by sharing your expectations and classroom norms with Jo Boaler’s “Positive Norms to Encourage in Math Class” (below). It may be a good idea to record these expectations on chart paper or create something similar and refer back to them throughout the school year. Encourage your students to embrace them and model them yourself!
- Everyone can learn and be successful with math.
- Mistakes are valued here and will help to grow your brain.
- Ask and answer questions. They are important!
- Math is about sense-making and creativity not computations.
- Math is about recognizing relationships, making connections, and communicating about your thinking.
- Good mathematicians think slowly and deeply.
- We are here to learn, not perform. Effort matters!
- encouraging students to think like mathematicians
- teach mathematics as a subject of patterns and connections
- allow students to see math as a visual and creative subject
- encourage sense-making
- value deep thinking instead of efficiency
- connect mathematics to the real-world
- encourage students to ask questions, reason, justify, and be skeptical
- use technology and manipulatives
- Boaler, J. (2016). Mathematical Mindsets. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass