I’m just not a math person! How many times have you heard this statement as an excuse for students’ low performance in math? But it conveys more than just an excuse for poor performance. It also belies an underlying mindset about the nature of one’s math abilities. And as research has shown, how students think about themselves as learners...their mindsets... have important implications for their motivation, learning, engagement and performance. In this seminar, you will learn about a variety of mindsets that shape students’ identities as learners. These include their beliefs about the nature of math intelligence and whether they feel like valued members of the mathematics community of learners. You will also learn how your own mindsets can impact your teaching practices. Finally, you will learn specific teaching strategies that convey a growth, rather than a fixed, mindset and that create room for many more students to feel like valued members of your classroom.
Seminar runs from 8:15 am-2:30 pm.
Catherine Good, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has a master's degree in mathematics and an Ad Hoc Interdisciplinary PhD in mathematics education and social psychology. Dr. Good’s research focuses on the social psychological factors that impact students’ academic achievement, learning, and motivation in STEM fields.