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Mathematical Habits of Mind

Hello colleagues, According to Edutopia blogger, Cindy Bryan, "Far too many students can be classified as inexperienced problem solvers who don't know what to do when they don't know what to do. These are the students who lack experiences in making sense of and solving problems, and in communicating and using precise, appropriate mathematics and mathematics language. They have never developed the overarching habits of a productive mathematical thinker."

Bryant writes that teachers play a "vital role in the development of mathematical habits by conveying to ... students a mindset that fosters productive struggle and emphasizes the possible value of wrong answers."  How do you guide and support learners to develop effective problem solving skills?

Check out Cindy's powerful post on "Mathematical Habits of Mind" and share your reactions to this powerful post.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, College and Career Standards CoP