Tag Archives: Jo Boaler

PLC Series: The Mathematics of Hope

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

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"When students spend all their time in math class answering discrete questions to which the answers are either right or wrong, it is very difficult to develop a growth mindset or to believe that mathematics is about growth and learning."    -Jo Boaler

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Mathematics education expert Jo Boaler believes that if teachers can shift their mathematics classrooms from places of performance to places of struggle, students will be able to harness the mindset necessary to grow as learners. In addition to sharing research findings about how brain growth occurs when errors are made, Jo elaborates on a list of practices that need to disappear as well as describes clear changes that need to occur in math classrooms in the United States.

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for May 22–28

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Time for another link round-up: Memorial Day edition! A reminder that there's an email subscription form at the bottom of this post, so you can get the Heinemann Link Round-Up delivered to your inbox every week. This is the last reminder I'll give you, so you're on your own.

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for April 24–30

Time for another Link Round-Up! It's the last week in April and the rains have subsided. Pharmacies all across this fine country are moving their stock of Claritin like you wouldn't believe. Just yesterday I saw someone wearing sandals. Sandals, I say!

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of June 21–27

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We have a handful of great links for your last weekend in June! Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Author Jo Boaler wrote an Op-Ed for The Hechinger Report:

Brain science tells us that the students who are better memorizers do not have more math “ability” or potential but we continue to value the faster memorizers over those who think slowly, deeply and creatively – the students we need for our scientific and technological future. The past decade has produced a generation of students who are procedurally competent but cannot think their way out of a box. This is a problem.

Click through to read all of "Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises."

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On the Teaching Channel blog, teacher and math specialist Kristin Gray (@MathMinds) reflects on the difference between solving problems to learn math and learning math to solve problems. She asks, “How often do we give teachers ideas they must implement in their classroom and tools to do so, without offering the opportunity to think about how these tools work for them?”

Click through to read "Powerful Problem-Solving… For Teachers and Students."

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Melanie Meehan at Two Reflective Teachers wrote about balanced assessment for Tuesday's Slice of Life:

How do we get around the fact that assessments create GPAs, and in competitive high schools, GPAs are important components of college applications? Do we count formative assessments into GPAs? Within our conference room of teacher leaders, we did not have consensus. Some teachers do count formative assessment, while others use it only to provide information to students about how they are doing. If they don't average formative assessment into reported grades, should students who reach targets more quickly receive higher grades?

Click through to read "Thinking About Balanced Assessment."

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And Jennifer Ward wrote a post called "Getting Testy About Testing":

As Afflerbach states, the negative consequences of such high-stakes assessments far outweigh the positives. Students broke down and cried during our six days of state assessments. Students began school with two hours of state tests and then went through their regular classes. A full day of classes following a grueling two hours of high stakes tests upon which their graduation is dependent.

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to your weekend!

Jo Boaler: The Mindset Revolution

Heinemann is proud to co-present a speaking event with Jo Boaler, author and professor of mathematics at Stanford.

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Join Jo on the evening of Thursday, April 2nd for the first event, The Mindset Revolution: How to Teach or Parent for a Growth Mindset and Drastically Increase Math Achievement for Students of All Ages.

From its flyer:

In recent years, scientific studies have demonstrated that student and teacher “mindsets” have a profound impact on learning. Students with a “growth mindset,” who believe that intelligence and “smartness” can be learned and that the brain can grow from exercise, learn more effectively. These students display a desire for challenge and show resilience in the face of failure. Such behaviors encourage greater math persistence, engagement, and achievement.

Math teachers play a critical role in the development of mindsets and this session will review the ways to teach for a grown mindset. Jo will share recent research on the brain and math learning that has profound implications for students’ achievements. The keynote will speak to a wider audience of K–12 teachers, parents, and educational leaders.

The Mindset Revolution: How to Teach or Parent for a Growth Mindset and Drastically Increase Math Achievement for Students of All Ages
Thursday, April 2nd
7:00pm–8:30pm with Q&A
Exeter High School Auditorium
1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH 03833
Cost: This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00.

How to Teach for a Growth Mindset and Drastically Increase Math Achievement for Students: Middle/High School Mathematics Teaching
Friday, April 3rd
8:30am–2:30pm
University of New Hampshire
Elliot Alumni Center
Cost: This event is for educators and is not open to the general public.

SIGN UP HERE:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/JoBoalerMathematicsMindsetRegistration
Send your questions to: pkennedy@sau21.org or (603) 926-8992 ext. 105

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Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford and the co-founder of youcubed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering K–12 mathematics resources for educators and parents. She is the coauthor with Cathy Humphreys of Connecting Mathematical Ideas: Middle School Video Cases to Support Teaching and Learning.

Further reading: "The Mathematics of Hope—Moving from Performance to Learning in Mathematics Classrooms."

More math resources from Heinemann at Heinemann.com/Math