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Research shows that, for many students, timed testing may be less constructive, as it fosters math anxiety, which negatively impacts the students’ efficiency and accuracy.

– Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math – A Teacher’s Guide, p.4

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Mindsets and Rich Tasks: What researchers are learning: Jo Boaler (2:16)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: What comes to mind when you hear the term “Rich Tasks”? What might these look like in math classrooms?
  • While viewing the video, what key messages are being shared? What resonates or challenges your thinking? What questions emerge for you?
  • After viewing: What are some key “take aways” you will further consider with your school community? Why are these important messages to consider for your students and school community?

Timed learning and Math anxiety (1:12)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: What comes to mind when you think about strategies for learning math facts? What choices might educators make to strengthen these with students?
  • While viewing the video, what key ideas surface for you? What questions emerge?
  • After viewing: What approaches might you and your school community continue to explore as related to learning math facts? What do you need to know more about?

Automaticity and Math Facts (1:33)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: When you think about strategies for learning math facts, what comes to mind? What does automaticity mean to you? What strategies are currently being used to develop automaticity?
  • While viewing the video, what key ideas surface for you? What questions emerge?
  • After viewing: What approaches might you and your school community continue to explore as related to learning math facts? What do you need to know more about?

Getting kids motivated – Overcoming Math Anxiety (3:26)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: What does meaningful engagement in mathematics look like and sound like to you?
  • While viewing the video, what are some key messages that emerge for you? What are you wondering about? What resonates or challenges your thinking?
  • After viewing: What are some key ideas you will continue to explore? How will these be further linked to your practice?

 

Text Resources

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Yes, I can! - Capacity Building K-12 THUMBNAIL

Yes, I can! – Capacity Building K-12

The Mathematical Territory Between Direct Modelling and Proficiency, What Works THUMBNAIL

The Mathematical Territory Between Direct Modelling and Proficiency, What Works

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