I want all students to be inspired to solve problems, take risks, build confidence, and enjoy the challenges math provides. I know all students can learn math; I want all educators, parents, and most importantly students to feel they can learn math as well.
Math classrooms impact how students think about themselves and others. Our aim should be to teach math in settings that encourage open-mindedness and respect of different ideas, where students learn to work together and see differences as a resource. The best thing we can do for the future is to teach our children to think creatively and flexibly to solve problems.
I am an advocate for a more open type of math instruction, one that provides a different math experience, one that is creative and collaborative.
As a classroom teacher, I always have professional development items on my to do list. Things like reading blogs and articles, researching lessons for a specific topic were always on my list but I would struggle to find the time and it was always pushed to the bottom. I want to build capacity by being of service to teachers so they can incorporate research based methods and best practices into their classrooms.
As a parent, I want children to be inspired problem solvers and develop the confidence to take risks and try new things. In order to do this, we need to see the importance of cultivating math skills and concepts.
We want the next generation to: question, wonder, experiment, try, fail, innovate, persevere, succeed and have the confidence to do so.
Math can teach all this and more.
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