Growing Young Mathematicians!
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Growth Mindset in Mathematics
Recent brain research and studies based on the work of Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck have shed light on the importance of promoting a growth mindset. Students with a growth mindset embrace challenges, see mistakes as an opportunity for learning and know that effort contributes to making progress. In the area of mathematics especially, we want our students to recognize the role of productive struggle in mathematics. The idea that ability and "smartness" are affected by effort is the BIG IDEA to share with students. (Click on the button below for more information.)
Check out this article by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Past President on rethinking mathematics as problem solving rather than "Faster Isn't Smarter".
What is Fluency?
Our NC Math Standards state that students will know their facts from memory. This is an outcome. What is the difference between fluency and memorization?
Many of today’s adults practiced facts using flash cards. They drilled and drilled and drilled. For some, the effort appeared successful; they could rattle off their facts within the two-minute time limit. For other learners, memorization did not happen. Instead, they arrived at the conclusion that they were simply bad at math.
Fletcher's research suggest we take a closer look at the definitions of “fluency” and “from memory.” He reflects on the use of “fluency” within language arts where some students “read” 120 wpm with no understanding while others read at 80 wpm and can fully explain what they just read. He notes that fast does not equal fluent.
Rather, true fluency means that students have developed efficient, accurate, and flexible ways of learning.
Efficiency - Efficiency implies that the student does not get bogged down in many steps or lose track of the logic in the strategy. An efficient strategy is one that the student can carry out easily, keeping track of sub-problems and making use of intermediate results to solve the problem.
Accuracy - Accuracy depends on several aspects of the problem-solving process, among them, careful recording, the knowledge of basic number combinations and other important number relationships, and concern for double-checking results.
Flexibility - Flexibility requires the knowledge of more than one approach to solving a particular kind of problem. Students need to be flexible and choose an appropriate strategy for solving the problem at hand. They can use one method to solve a problem and another method to double-check the results
Example: If know that 7 x 10 = 70, I can quickly solve 7 x 9 by subtracting 7 from 63. This strategy shows us that a student has established an understanding of multiplication. This understanding will later be applied to solve a problem like 73 x 9 by solving 73 x 10 and subtracting 73!
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Great websites and apps to try at home! Online games can be engaging and allow your child practice time for developing mathematical concepts. But not all online games/sites are of the best quality. Here is some information to help you can use to gauge the quality of the site. The sites below are some of the best to try out.
Mixing in Math
Mixing in Math