Mathematical Growth Mindsets in Elementary Classrooms (K-6)


Jo Boaler, renowned Stanford researcher, has taken her extensive work into mathematics and growth mindsets and made it accessible to teachers in her book, Mathematical Mindsets.

Modifying and applying Dweck’s growth mindset research to mathematics, Boaler’s Mathematical Mindsets explores how and why many students develop a fixed mindset toward mathematics. After identifying the causes, Boaler offers solutions for teachers to help students develop a growth mindset toward the subject instead. She accomplishes this by demonstrating a research backed multidimensional math classroom–one where students ask questions, propose ideas, create representation, reason, and discuss–in a setting where they are not afraid to fail.

Her book will take students from hating and fearing mathematics to discovering the creativity and real life applications that will make it meaningful.

Educators taking this course, through reading and research, will explore how to teach and implement these math strategies. Educators will also investigate special topics and integrate new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate level course and intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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