Establishing a Mathematical Mindset

Much needs to be done about our attitude toward mathematics. It seems it is socially acceptable and sometimes even desirable to express an ineptitude toward math. We need to adopt a mathematical mindset. Mathematical literacy is for everyone!

Questions for Reflection

  • Do I believe there is a spectrum of flexible predispositions which people hold with respect to further developing their math proficiency, their math self-identity, their math curiosity, etc.?
  • Do I reinforce respectful listening and sharing in a safe environment?
  • Do I have students set goals for themselves and self-monitor their progress?
  • Do I avoid competition and timed tasks because I recognize that speed does not equate to fluency?

See Developing a Mathematical Mindset for more on this topic.