“A lot of scientific evidence suggests that the difference between those who succeed and those who don't is not the brains they were born with, but their approach to life, the messages they receive about their potential, and the opportunities they have to learn.”
― Dr. Jo Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets
I was struck the other day by a “funny” I saw on my facebook feed. It read: “Thank goodness I learned all about parallelograms in high school instead of how to do my taxes. It comes in so handy in parallelogram season.”
And I giggled as so much of our curriculum is taught without reference to the beauty of math, the language that we find in music, art, poetry and nature.
My webinar is an attempt then to encourage all of us to find play based opportunities within our school-day for integrating the things children love to do: build, climb, play sports, dance and integrate with math as the language of communication.
All too often, math remains a sequestered “subject” and opportunities to explore are missed. We will explore strategies for the general classroom teacher to build opportunities to add math within inquiries through simple, fun and engaging additions to our inquiries. Our goal is to bring math alive for children and their teachers through play opportunities so that our students learn that math is real life, math is both fun and a language where they can feel competent.