A few weeks ago in Algebra II I had students fill out a series of questions… questions which was going to lead to a discussion about mathematics and intelligence. I cribbed this sheet from my friend and teacher extraordinare Bowman Dickson.
I didn’t capitalize on it immediately, but I think I can still get some good mileage out of this. The thing that brought me back to this sheet was that yesterday in Algebra II, I gave an assessment that students didn’t fare as well as thought they would.
With one section, today, I had a heart to heart with them about what I saw, and this disconnect, and I talked a lot about the difference between active learning and passive learning. I think I got through to them. And I said: take what I said to heart. Be an active learner. And I’m going to give you an assessment on the same material next week. Show yourselves that you are capable. Because I know you are — but you just need to learn and implement the right strategies to be able to do it and make a lasting change.
Or something like that.
So we’ve had the talk about the concrete things… and I think next week, after kids take the reassessment (and hopefully — HOPEFULLY! — do much better), it would be worth it to have a talk about the more abstract side of things… attitude. The way students approach math, think about math, think about intelligence.
I’d love for any ideas about how to structure/have this discussion. I’ll throw my class data below, but if I’m going to do this, I want whatever I plan to be as powerful as possible. I want it to really get kids to think about what learning is, and how important having a growth mindset is. I have a few thoughts, but nothing great. So any brainstorming you might have, awesome.
As linked to on Sonata Mathematique:
Yeah, I want that DOUBLE POSTER SIZE in my classroom.
Without further ado, here’s my (fascinating) class data…
ALL DATA COMPILED
DATA REDUCED TO AGREE/DISAGREE