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Join a Regional Math Specialist for a virtual book study. The book will be provided for FREE to the first 20 participants by the Idaho Regional Math Center, for those from Regions 5 & 6 and that complete the course expectations. You must be a current K-12 Idaho teacher to receive the book.       

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching

Book: Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching Jo Boaler

Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 15, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 22, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 29, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 6, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 13, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 20, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching Jo Boaler Book

About The Book:

Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler―Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning―has studied why students don't like math and often fail in math classes. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students.

There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice. Boaler translates Carol Dweck's concept of 'mindset' into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning. Boaler reveals the steps that must be taken by schools and parents to improve math education for all. Mathematical Mindsets:

  • Explains how the brain processes mathematics learning
  • Reveals how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
  • Provides examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
    Explains ways to give students a positive math mindset
  • Gives examples of how assessment and grading policies need to change to support real understanding
  • Scores of students hate and fear math, so they end up leaving school without an understanding of basic mathematical concepts. Their evasion and departure hinders math-related pathways and STEM career opportunities. Research has shown very clear methods to change this phenomena, but the information has been confined to research journals―until now. Mathematical Mindsets provides a proven, practical roadmap to mathematics success for any student at any age.

More About the Book: Growth Mindset

1 PD Credit will be available

Requirements:

  • Read all chapters
  • Attend all discussion sessions
  • For each chapter, write a short reflection about something that you tried out in your classroom.

If you don't want the credit, you're still welcome to participate.

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Routines for Reasoning

Book: Routines for Reasoning

Dates:

  • Wednesday's, February 3, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 10, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 17, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 24, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, March 3, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, March 10, 4:00-5:00, Zoom

Routines for Reasoning Book

About Routines for Reasoning

Routines can keep your classroom running smoothly. Now imagine having a set of routines focused not on classroom management, but on helping students develop their mathematical thinking skills. Routines for Reasoning provides expert guidance for weaving the Standards for Mathematical Practice into your teaching by harnessing the power of classroom-tested instructional routines.

Grace Kelemanik, Amy Lucenta, and Susan Janssen Creighton have applied their extensive experience teaching mathematics and supporting teachers to crafting routines that are practical teaching and learning tools, including:

  • Capturing Quantities: encouraging abstract and quantitative reasoning
  • Connecting Representations: noticing and using mathematical structure
  • Recognizing Repetition: developing repeated reasoning skills
  • Three Reads: starting and sustaining thinking in problem solving situations

Each routine provides a familiar, accessible structure that supports repeated use until the steps to follow, thinking skills to employ, and questions to ask become automatic—enabling all students to engage more fully in learning opportunities while building crucial mathematical thinking habits.

“Teaching students to think and reason is perhaps the greatest challenge we face as math educators,” the authors remind us, “and these routines provide clear pathways to do so.” Far beyond simply a collection of strategies, Routines for Reasoning provides significant support for getting started with these routines, incorporating them into the rhythm of your classroom, and ultimately building toward student independence.

More Information

Register Here

Expectations

  • Read all chapters
  • Attend all discussion sessions
  • For each chapter, write a short reflection about something that you tried out in your classroom.
  • If you don't want the credit, you're still welcome to participate. 

FAQ

Can I get credit?

Yes. You will have the option of registering for 1 optional credit through Idaho State University. A registration link will be sent to you after the first class session.

How much is the book?

If you complete the course requirements the book will be provided to you at no charge. (FREE)

If you want to participate but do not want to complete the course expectations, you may purchase the book yourself, or one can be provided with the understanding that you will return it to the Idaho Regional Math Center.

What are the course expectations?

  • Read all chapters
  • Attend all discussion sessions
  • For each chapter (10), write a short reflection about something that you tried out in your classroom.
  • If you don't want the credit, you're still welcome to participate.

Can my whole team participate?

Absolutely. Each person needs to complete the registration.

Can my whole school participate?

Please contact irmc@isu.edu for more information about hosting a site-based book study.

What if I don't have a device or camera to join in?

You can choose to join in through a phone call or we have webcams available for checkout for the book study period.

Can I participate asynchronously?

Not at this time. The discussions occur live via a collaborative conferencing software.