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Friday, March 1 • 9:40am - 10:25am
Mindset in Mathematics

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My session will focus on mindset and fostering a growth mindset among students, based off of the works of Carol Dweck in her book “Mindset”.

At the beginning of the year, I have students read a very short article on mindset and the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. The basics are in a fixed mindset you believe you are an end product, but in a growth mindset you believe that mistakes can help you learn and that with proper teaching and practice you can become better than you were before. The article talks about the brain being a muscle and that with new brain research involving neuroplasticity, the brain is very capable of growing, stretching and becoming stronger, much like a muscle.

The learning about mindset and reading the article serves at the foundation for my Mindset Mondays. Every Monday, I discuss a famous person, either an athlete, writer or entrepreneur who had to overcome obstacles to be successful. I talk about how Michael Jordan didn’t actually get his first college of choice, or how Thomas Edison had over 100 patents fail before he had success. Pictures of these celebrities get put on my “Mindset Wall.” Then after two trimesters of Mindset Mondays, I ask students who have overcome obstacles to write a narrative of what they have overcome to be successful in my class and they then get a picture of themselves on the mindset wall with the famous celebrities. Students are thrilled when I invite them to be put on the mindset wall and it sends a strong message to them, that with hard work, a growth mindset and perseverance, anything is possible!

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Jeremy Negus

Teacher, Iowa City Community School District
I am currently a Junior High Math Teacher.  I have taught both at the high school and junior high levels.  I have been an administrator at the elementary and junior high levels.  I have now landed in a place that I am loving: teaching junior high math with amazing colleagues in... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 9:40am - 10:25am MST
Sweeney C
  Sessions: Mathematical Mindset & Deeper Learning
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES Dweck’s mindset theory goes hand in hand with the Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) in conveying a growth mindset in the classroom.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Understand that mindset is the lens through which teachers teach and students learn,know the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Attendees will be asked to share and engage throughout the session.