Growth Mindset Case Study

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1. Growth Mindset Theory describes how children (and adults) tend to develop fixed mindsets regarding the study of math. How would you help children (and adults) develop a growth mindset in terms of their approach to learning mathematics?

A growth mindset is one that is not fixed. You are open to change. A fixed mindset is one in which they believe that intelligence is a static trait whereas a growth mindset is where they believe intelligence can be developed by various means such as through effort and instruction. It is proven that everyone’s intellectual ability can grow. This being said, people can be hindered to the fixed mindset based off how they speak. The first step in developing a mindset where students are willing to have a positive
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Math is a difficult subject for many students and it is hard to see your peers succeed over and over when you keep failing. Making sure to address the students that keep doing poorly to help them not give up. Encourage them and make small goals. Don’t just forget about the over achievers in the class. Keep pushing them to the next level and encourage them that they can do more. Providing incentives can also encourage students and they may even find that when they are focusing they really can do it! Encouraging parents to push a growth mindset at home is also something that will be helpful for student’s education especially while doing homework. Students can do anything they put their mind too.

2. Identify and briefly describe four things you would consider when teaching ELL students in your math class.

When teaching ELL students in my math class I want to consider explicitly teaching vocabulary, plan to use cooperative/interdependent groups to support language, building a background for students, and using a comprehensible unit within the classroom. In my classroom I would consider making a mathematics word wall. This will benefit all students as well as the ELL students. The students will help create the wall of new terms as we
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Manipulatives are great for the classroom because they are a form of instructional material and a way to help children visualize while learning mathematics. The materials that are chosen have a significant impact on how well the students learn both cognitively and affectively. Looking at all of the options on the order sheet and thinking about the benefits of them, I believe that I would choose to go with: base ten blocks, unifix cubes, fraction strips, and pattern blocks. Base ten is an essential understanding of mathematics. It is important for students to understand that 10 is a base number and that there are ten 10’s in 100. These can be helpful to ensure that the students understand the meaning of the different place values such as the ones, tens, and hundreds. These are important for first graders to know. This is a good manipulative to have at the beginning of the school year because as kindergarteners its important that they know the numbers up to 100. Unifix cubes are great for students to visualize numbers and patterns of numbers because they can be seen visually represented by numbers. Through experience in the classroom, students seem to be more likely to understand and visualize addition and subtraction problems through the use of unifix cubes. Fraction strips are important for the development and knowledge of numbers. Where it

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