M-NGC teachers work hard to embed the Mathematical Practices into their daily lessons.
The Mathematical Practices are the "Habits of Mind" students need to develop to engage in and sustain rigorous mathematical learning. The M-NGC teachers are using icons as a tool for zooming in on specific practices that will provide access to deeper thinking and conceptual understanding.
GROWTH MINDSET Day One of the Summer Intensive Teachers zoomed in on the differences between a Growth vs. Fixed Mindset.
Challenges: Embraces challenges knowing that they present an opportunity to learn and grow.
Obstacles: External setbacks do not discourage because a Growth Mindset person is not afraid of failure or mistakes. Obstacles are analyzed and the person tries a different strategy.
Effort: Growth Mindset people believe intelligence can be developed and they work hard to grow their brains...knowing effort leads to achievement.
Criticism: Criticism is needed....leads to improvement...Growth Mindset people learn from criticism.
Success of Others: Growth Mindset people learn from and celebrate the success of others.
After learning about Growth Mindset, students in Lauren Hinxman's class created this chart. Teachers in the M-NGC are actively teaching their students the differences between a Fixed and Growth Mindset. As students work on rigorous tasks, teachers provide students time to reflect on their mindset. This helps re-energize students to persevere (M.P. #1) and try alternative strategies.