Mindset Mathematics believes that every mathematical concept can be represented visually and creatively to students, and that this would help them greatly in understanding practical concepts. Building students’ mathematical understanding doesn’t just mean strengthening one area of the brain that is involved with abstract numbers, it means strengthening connections between areas of the brain and strengthening the visual pathways.
In this course, we will engage students in rich, open, visual and creative tasks.
For each “big idea” we will have three activities- one that engages the students visually, one that engages them through investigation, and one play activity.
Visual – Our brains wants to think visually about mathematics. Connecting visual and numerical representations encourages important brain connections as well as deep student connections.
Investigate – We want to put students in situations where work is hard, but within reach. It is ok when students struggle and make mistakes – this is when the brain grows, and it shows mistakes are an important part of mathematical work.
Play – We will invite students to see ideas differently, explore those ideas, and ask their own questions. Creative play activities are opportunities for ideas to be used and developed in the service of something enjoyable.
Through this creative approach to math, we will strengthen th students’ ability and love for an often challenging subject.
Class homework assignments: light – occasional weekly assignments based on class discussion
CLASS FEE: $350
SUPPLY FEE: $100 (all supplies provided)
TUTOR: Debbie Vaughn
COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class.
Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Class discussion and assignments regarding speech/debate projects will be held during this time. Written assignments can be submitted electronically, and personal feedback will be provided in the same manner. Speech development will also occur during online meetings, as well as line readings. Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.
Our plan is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin OR cancel CLASSROOM meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation changes. Our goal is to keep family safe and engaged during this unprecedented time.