In middle school math we spend significant time developing mathematical mindsets and learning to emulate the skills of great mathematicians. Mathematicians notice patterns, describe patterns, and generalize about patterns. They solve real world problems in a variety of ways. They ask questions and reason out solutions. They share ideas and critique the reasoning of their peers. Above all, they persevere in solving problems and making sense of the world around them.
Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice:
Developing a Mathematical Mindset:
Did you know that all students can learn math at high levels? It's true! For some of us it may take more time, more effort, more practice or more variety of strategies, but EVERYONE can learn to be a "math person." It takes a "mathematical mindset!"
Here is Dr. Jo Boaler, author and mathematics learning professor at Stanford University, explaining the research behind mathematical mindsets: