Mathematical Mindsets - Getting Excited About Maths
We’ve started an exciting new unit in Mathematics - FRACTIONS!
The way we are looking at Mathematics is changing in our classrooms. It is essential that as students move through their schooling that they are developing a positive mathematical mindset.
This week the Year 5 students looked at what they already knew about fractions. So many of them were surprised at how much they already knew. So much of what we know links to many other understandings.
Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford University says, ‘The key to understanding math is making sense of it. Math is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualising patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.’
Students have been making their thoughts and knowledge of Fractions visual, creating fractions and exploring the links and relationships between different fractions. Most importantly, the students needed to document their thinking and process about how they got these fractions and their understanding of them. It was exciting to see the enthusiasm during class and to watch the students make their own discoveries about their learning.
Year 5 classroom teacher.