I'm so glad you've joined our collaborative Book Study on Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler! If you've missed the first few chapters, no worries; you can catch up below:Chapter Summary
This chapter is all about how to take mundane math tasks and turn them into vehicles for learning and inquiry. I love the term Boaler uses: math excitement. Truthfully, I had never thought of math in terms of excitement (but after reading this chapter, I too, am excited about math!)
Students need TIME to explore, discover, and multiple opportunities to share! Kids can learn so much from their peers! Give them open-ended problems and don't teach the "How" first; allow students to come up with their own observations and explanations.
YouCubed.org. Not only is it a plethora of resources, but she has put together your first week of school called A Week of Inspirational Math.
Remember to not always be so quick to teach rules and algorithms. They won't make sense to students unless they understand WHY and how mathematics works! Here are some samples of second graders working out the problem: "What is the difference between 72 and 55?"
Focus on problem solving and discovering a variety of strategies. What makes sense to each student? How can they show their thinking visually and explain their thought process? You may be interested in my math problem solving booklets, one for each month. Check them out in my TpT store here.