Student's Self-Fullfilling Prophecies: Can we break the negative cycle?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on June 5, 2017 - 10:37am
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I read an article by Melissa Wehler, PhD about Student's Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Five Ways to Break the Cycle. While the article highlights writing skills, it is also very relevant for the Math and Numeracy Community of Practice discussion group, especially as there is a very active discussion now about There is No Such Think As as a Math Person.
Highlights from Wehler's article about helping students develop both confidence and cognition include:
- Providing opportunities for metacognition: Students who are caught in a negative self-fullfilling prophecy cycle often lack the ability to see the situation clearly. Check out her strategies for a SWOT activity at the end of a lesson / experience.
- Flip roles: Have students take the role of a leader. Check out her suggestion about study guides.
- Create check in points: See how regular work submissions keep students on track.
- Build in moments for dialogue: See what she says about creating an informal assessment of the "muddiest point".
- Point out the negative philosophy: See how to directly discuss this philosophy with learners.
Which of her 5 points can you implement in your classroom? Do you agree with her ideas? And how do you apply these ideas in math instruction? and finally, what other ideas would you add to this list?
I'm looking forward to learning from your thoughts and ideas.