Developing a Growth Mindset for Math
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Dockterman
Too many students, all along the performance spectrum, have, in the words of Carol Dweck, a “fixed mindset” about learning, a belief that their intelligence and abilities are set. This belief is particularly prevalent in math. Struggle signals the message, “I must not be good at this,” and students stop trying. Without effort, though, growth and success are impossible. However, many of those same students exhibit great perseverance through obstacles and failure in other aspects of their lives, including the games they play. This session brings together research-validated and research–based tools for fostering that growth mindset, and the grit that it inspires, in math and in all aspects of learning.
Math Solutions Professional Development Session: Using Questions to Develop Thinking and Reasoning
The effective use of formative assessment lessons depends on the quality of feedback given by teachers to students. One important way of moving students’ thinking forward is to prompt them to reconsider their reasoning by asking carefully chosen questions. In this session, participants engage in a problem solving challenge for the purpose of focusing on types of questions that develop thinking and reasoning.
About Dr. Dockterman http://www.hmhco.com/media-center/authors/david_dockterman
Dr. David Dockterman is a nationally recognized pioneer in the development and implementation of technology for classroom instruction. A former classroom teacher, David helped found Tom Snyder Productions in 1982 while earning his Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Tom Snyder, and later at Scholastic and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, David designed dozens of award-winning computer programs including Science Court and The Great Ocean Rescue. Most recently, Dr. Dockterman served as a key advisor for the development of MATH180, a revolutionary math intervention program. David is a frequent – and popular – speaker at NCSM, Title I, Learning and the Brain, and other conferences. He is also a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where his courses in innovation, technology, and instructional design draw students from around the world.