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Mindset Mathematics : Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 8 - Jo Boaler

Mindset Mathematics

Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 8

Paperback Available: 29th January 2020
ISBN: 9781119358749
Number Of Pages: 240

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Engage students in mathematics using growth mindset techniques

The most challenging parts of teaching mathematics are engaging students and helping them understand the connections between mathematics concepts. In this volume, you'll find a collection of low floor, high ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas at the eighth-grade level through visualization, play, and investigation.

During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message—that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student engagement, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that:

  • There is no such thing as a math person - anyone can learn mathematics to high levels.
  • Mistakes, struggle and challenge are the most important times for brain growth.
  • Speed is unimportant in mathematics.
  • Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics.

With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.

Big Idea 1: Moving Shapes

Visualize: What does it mean to be the same?

Play: Pixel Puzzles

Investigate: Slide It, Flip It, Turn It

Big Idea 2: Zooming In and Out

Visualize: What is Similarity?

Play: Find the Fakes

Investigate: Growing on a Grid

Big Idea 3: Analyzing Proportional Relationships

Visualize: Dropping the Altitude

Play: Seeing Triangles Under the Line

Investigate: Ramp It Up

Big Idea 4: Comparing Patterns of Growth

Visualize: Squared Squares

Play: Skip Counting Arrays

Investigate: Stairway to Eleven

Big Idea 5: The Ins and Outs of Functions

Visualize: Growing Functions

Play: Getting Warmer!

Investigate: The Functions of Near Squares

Big Idea 6: Finding Patterns in the Clouds

Visualize: What’s Going on in this Graph?

Play: What’s the Story Here?

Investigate: Creating Data Visualizations

Big Idea 7: Completing the Real Number System

Visualize: Square Sides

Play: Between 4x4 and 5x5

Investigate: The Hypotenuse Hypothesis

Big Idea 8: Discovering Pythagoras

Visualize: Unpacking Pythagoras

Play: Pythagorean Triples

Investigate: Approximating Square Roots

Big Idea 9: Exploring the Geometry of Ice Cream

Visualize: Building Intuition about Volume

Play: Comparing Cylinders

Investigate: Scooping Up Volume

ISBN: 9781119358749
ISBN-10: 1119358744
Series: Mindset Mathematics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Available: 29th January 2020
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Weight (kg): 0.67

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