"There is a really damaging myth that pervades the US/UK and other countries – the idea that some people are born with a “math brain” and some are not. This has been resoundingly disproved by research but many students and parents believe this. It is really important to communicate “growth mindset” messages to students. Help them know that everyone is a math person and that the latest research is telling us that students can reach any levels in math because of the incredible plasticity of the brain."
Boaler, J, Williams, C., & Corkins, S. (2015). Youcubed at Stanford University. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from https://www.youcubed.org/category/teaching-ideas/growing-mindset/
As research shows, the greatest amount of growth results when someone has struggled to understand a concept.
- Challenge yourself. Don't just do problems that are easy for you.
- Take the time to struggle with a problem that you can't answer in a couple seconds. If at first you don't succeed, keep trying.
- Don't just memorize a formula - understand why it works.
- Seek out patterns in the world.
- Be open to making mistakes. For by learning from your mistakes, you will have a deeper understanding.
- Your attitude will determine how much you learn.
Interested in Learning more about Mindset?
Check out Youcubed at Stanford University
Stanford University offers a free online math course, called "How to Learn Math: For Students."
Below is the course description:
How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.
If you are interested in taking the course, click HERE.
TVUSD Middle School Math Competition
Interested in participating in the TVUSD Middle School Math Competition?
Specific details still to come!!
For page with practice problems: click HERE
There are 2 different sets of practice problems: AMC 8 and Mathcounts.
Take tests before looking at the answers or the worked out solutions.
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