Have you ever heard your child (or yourself) say " I can't do math because I don't have a math brain" or "I don't like math because I am no good at it?" Well, Belfast staff and students are working this year on changing their mathematical mindsets! All staff completed a course this summer through Stanford University called Mathematical Mindsets, offered by researcher and educator Jo Boaler. In this course we have learned that:
As an art-centered school, we of course have attracted many art-centered staff! For many of us looking at OURSELVES differently as math learners has been incredibly empowering, and shifting the mathematical mindsets of our students is truly an awesome experience. There are no better words for a teacher than hearing, "Oh my gosh! I totally get it now!!!"
We are hoping to share our mathematical mindset with you, our parents, at our #belfasty Parent Math Night this Tuesday Nov 28 @6 pm. If you can't make it, here is a slideshow that offers a quick overview, plus a truly awesome video from Jo Boaler herself. We hope this opens the conversation for how we can all create the best math learners that your children can be!