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Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 2

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-12-14
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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What is included with this book?


Engage students in mathematics using growth mindset techniques

The most challenging parts of teaching mathematics are engaging students and helping them understand the connections between mathematics concepts. In this volume, you'll find a collection of low-floor, high-ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas in second grade through visualization, play, and investigation.

During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message―that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So, the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student inquiry, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to support student learning, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that:

  • There is no such thing as a math person and anyone can learn mathematics to high levels.
  • Mistakes, struggle, and challenge are opportunities for brain growth.
  • Speed is unimportant, and even counterproductive, in mathematics.
  • Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics.

With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.



Author Biography

JO BOALER is a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University and co-founder and faculty director of youcubed. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies and is a White House presenter on girls and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The author of seven books, including Mathematical Mindsets, and numerous research articles, she is a regular contributor to news and radio in the United States and England.

JEN MUNSON is an assistant professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University, a professional developer, and a former classroom teacher. She received her PhD in mathematics education from Stanford University. Her research focuses on responsive, equitable mathematics instruction.

CATHY WILLIAMS is the co-founder and the executive director of youcubed at Stanford University. Before working at youcubed, she was a high school math teacher and worked in mathematics curriculum and administration at the county and district levels in California.

Table of Contents

For BI1, set bullet color as LIGHT GREEN

Big Idea 1: Partitioning Shapes into Equal Parts

Visualize: Equal or Same?

Play: Four Fourths

Investigate: Rows and Columns

For BI2, set bullet color as LIGHT BLUE

Big Idea 2: Making and Using Equal Groups

Visualize: The Groups Inside

Play: Skipping down the Hall

Investigate: Array Museum

For BI3, set bullet color as LIGHT PURPLE

Big Idea 3: What Is 100?

Visualize: The Many Ways to See 100

Play: Scoop and Count

Investigate: Making a Dollar, Revisited

For BI4, set bullet color as YELLOW

Big Idea 4: Composing and Decomposing Numbers

Visualize: Array Talks

Play: Which Is More?

Investigate: Coin Grab

For BI5, set bullet color as PINK

Big Idea 5: Using Patterns in Place Value

Visualize: What’s in Your 12?

Play: Reach for It!

Investigate: Window Mysteries

For BI6, set bullet color as DARK BLUE

Big Idea 6: Thinking on the Number Line

Visualize: Long Lives

Play: Life-Span Puzzles

Investigate: Living on the Number Line

For BI7, set bullet color as ORANGE

Big Idea 7: Rulers and Clocks Are Number Lines

Visualize: Noticing the Ruler and Clock

Play: Walking the Clock

Investigate: A Sea of Sharks

For BI8, set bullet color as RED

Big Idea 8: Using Units to Measure

Visualize: Foot by Foot

Play: Length Scavenger Hunt

Investigate: School-Day Walkabout

For BI9, set bullet color as DARK GREEN

Big Idea 9: Using Data to Visualize and Wonder about Our World

Visualize: Fruit around the World

Play: Eat Your Roots

Investigate: Dear Data

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