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Unit 0:

Math with a Growth Mindset

How is a positive math learning environment cultivated?


Unit Description

0 Components

Each math course (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) starts with a Unit 0 intended to cultivate positive math classroom norms. The growth mindset resources (from Dr. Jo Boaler's work shared through youcubed.org) for each course are the same, while the math tasks operationalizing each theme of Unit 0, will be course specific (THIS UPDATE WILL BE COMPLETED BY FALL 2018). 

Through these activities, students will have the opportunity to learn how their brains grow. Each day will include a mix of growth mindset activities – reflecting on videos, reading an article, or engaging in classroom norm building – and open-ended math tasks, although the focus will be on Contemplate then Calculate – an instructional routine where students look for structure to solve seemingly complicated problems.

“When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater motivation in school, better grades, and higher test scores” (www.mindsetworks.com).