# [ Download Audiobooks ] Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching Author Jo Boaler – Andy-palmer.co.uk

Banish Math Anxiety And Give Students Of All Ages A Clear Roadmap To Success Mathematical Mindsets Provides Practical Strategies And Activities To Help Teachers And Parents Show All Children, Even Those Who Are Convinced That They Are Bad At Math, That They Can Enjoy And Succeed In Math Jo Boaler Stanford Researcher, Professor Of Math Education, And Expert On Math Learning Has Studied Why Students Don T Like Math And Often Fail In Math Classes She S Followed Thousands Of Students Through Middle And High Schools To Study How They Learn And To Find The Most Effective Ways To Unleash The Math Potential In All Students There Is A Clear Gap Between What Research Has Shown To Work In Teaching Math And What Happens In Schools And At Home This Book Bridges That Gap By Turning Research Findings Into Practical Activities And Advice Boaler Translates Carol Dweck S Concept Of Mindset Into Math Teaching And Parenting Strategies, Showing How Students Can Go From Self Doubt To Strong Self Confidence, Which Is So Important To Math Learning Boaler Reveals The Steps That Must Be Taken By Schools And Parents To Improve Math Education For All Mathematical Mindsets Explains How The Brain Processes Mathematics Learning Reveals How To Turn Mistakes And Struggles Into Valuable Learning Experiences Provides Examples Of Rich Mathematical Activities To Replace Rote Learning Explains Ways To Give Students A Positive Math Mindset Gives Examples Of How Assessment And Grading Policies Need To Change To Support Real Understanding Scores Of Students Hate And Fear Math, So They End Up Leaving School Without An Understanding Of Basic Mathematical Concepts Their Evasion And Departure Hinders Math Related Pathways And STEM Career Opportunities Research Has Shown Very Clear Methods To Change This Phenomena, But The Information Has Been Confined To Research Journals Until Now Mathematical Mindsets Provides A Proven, Practical Roadmap To Mathematics Success For Any Student At Any Age It s pretty dull and not what I d call user friendly Lots of small text and no color If you re looking for something to make your Ph.E.d students read, then yeah, this is for you.If you re just a hard working teacher in the throws of battle and you re trying to boost your kids academic performance in math, try this one Mindset Mathematics Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 4It s still pretty academic, but at least there s color And since we all know you teachers are gonna be reading this over your Christmas Break cause you re pretty concerned about a handful of kids in your class that don t seem to like math, the least they could do is print it nicely There s one for every grade level And if you want the JUST GIVE ME THE PRACTICAL STUFF AND GIVE IT TO ME FAST version, cause maybe you ve got a whole classroom full of small humans to teach and aren t awash in leisure hours to read something technical This one is awesome The Growth Mindset Coach A Teacher s Month by Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve After hearing Dr Carol Dweck talk about Growth Mindset in a TED Radio Hour segment I recognized that my students exhibit a fixed mindset and I have been trying to learn about Dr Dweck s work and how I can apply it to teaching college maths Well, Dr Boaler s work is what I have been looking for and it gives an excellent foundation for how to develop a mathmindset It provides evidence based arguments for changing how mathematics is taught The teaching of mathematics is finally starting to come out of the Dark Ages of lecture drill kill and make use of the cognitive science that helps to engage students and help them develop their math kung fu. While this book is not completely devoid of value there are some useful pragmatic tips for dealing with group work, for example, and for templates formats for modeling and communicating math work , it is somewhat disturbing and dangerous that the claims in this book are taken at face value, and people don t seem to be fact checking any of it.The fact of the matter is that Boaler s primary supports for her arguments are incorrectly summarized research cherry picked anecdotal and qualitative accounts ie choosing her favorite quotes from students while ignoring any that are unfavorable for her argument, of course and straight up obfuscation of what the data actually shows, through methods such as misleading truncated graphs, and a focus on untrustworthy data points such as graduation rates which can be manipulated via grade inflation rather than tests There are too many incorrect claims and unsupported assertions to go over them all here, but I will point out some egregious ones that show it is dangerous to accept facts and research supported claims without doing some research of your own1 In at least 3 instances, Boaler uses a misleading data representation known as truncated graphs These graphs do not start the y axis at zero, so the visualization is distorted to make a gap or difference seem much significant than it really is Example Fig 4.4 compares Mathematics Strategies regarding PISA results, and it looks like Big Ideas is than TWICE as effective as memorization because the column is than twice as tall in reality, the numbers being compared are 493 to 481, which is actually less than a 3% difference Such use of misleading graphs is actually called out in 6th grade textbooks as misleading or inappropriate, and the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau does not allow them in advertising so why is it deemed okay here, by somebody who says she is a mathematics professor p 38 this is also a false claim She is a professor of mathematics education, NOT a professor of mathematics 2 Many of her claims are unsupported by the research Some are actually ANTITHETICAL to what the research actually shows a research has consistently found homework to either negatively affect or not affect achievement p 107 FALSE Boaler cites only two sources for this other than the emotional appeal anecdotes of her own emotional bias and her daughter s dislike of homework one looks like it is a valid citation, but if you look it up, it is merely a blog post by famed sensationalist contrarian Alfie Kohn and that blog post is not scientific, not peer reviewed, and doesn t even have any data to back up its claims The other source Boaler quotes is called Challenge Success, and even though their bias is evident At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores and performance , their own white paper that she cites REFUTES HER CLAIM Harris Cooper 1989, 2001, pp 3 4 In other words homework HAS been shown to be moderately to significantly beneficial in grades 6 12 b She claims that we should be testing far less, because it induces anxiety Cognitive research has actually shown the opposite that tests can be a MORE EFFECTIVE TOOL for building long term memory than mere instruction and studying are Giving tests MORE frequently not less can actually improve learning AND reduce anxiety which also aligns with the most method of phobia treatment, called exposure therapy Boaler s claims are antithetical to cognitive psychology research c She claims that we should reward mistakes with the same OR HIGHER marks than a correct answer This goes against the behavioral psychology tenets of Operant Conditioning, which shows that when you reward people for a behavior ie positive reinforcement , it reinforces that behavior Giving students a higher grade for getting wrong answers ludicrous it actually would give an incentive to students to get wrong answers While mistakes are perfectly acceptable parts of the learning process, training students to believe that are a desirable GOAL is dangerous NASA is not going to reward you for design flaws when engineering a rocket Apple and Google are not going to reward you for bugs or security holes in the software you develop Boaler s claims are antithetical to the corpus of behavioral psychology research.3 The Success Stories ie the exemplary schools and programs she highlights throughout the book are NOT as successful as she makes them seem a One example is her Railside study, in which the data schools and cohorts were not revealed, but other people including professors of mathematics at UCLA and Stanford have found the identities of the schools, and have asserted that there were flaws in both the methodology comparing different demographics of cohorts as if they were similar , as well as in reporting conclusions using data that was not attributable to a cohort in the study b Boaler states The accomplishments of Life Academy are many the school has the highest college acceptance rate of any high school in Oakland, and the proportion of students who leave college ready with California s required classes is an impressive 87%, higher than at the suburban schools in wealthy areas close to Stanford p 99 If you look up Life Academy data online, you will see a bigger picture and a troubling one the state average for college ready students is 43% this school has 85% That is, indeed, impressive right Well not when you look at the standardized test scores ONLY 14% OF STUDENTS at Life Academy scored proficient on the math test compared to a 37% state average Hmmm how are 85% of students college ready ie they scored grades of C or higher in their academic classes yet only 14% passed the math test and only 29% passed English