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Day 1
Introduction and Chapter 1

Q1: Why do you think 4 out of 10 adults said they hated math in school – twice as many people hated math as any other subject?
Q2: How might we shift math instruction to avoid the dreaded “When will I use this in real life?”
Q3: What are some differences about how students view math compared to how mathematicians view math according to Boaler?
Q4:
  • 4a: How might we shift our efforts to move from “school math” to how mathematicians view math?
  • 4b: what this might look like or what needs to be involved in your math lesson to encourage this shift?
Q5: How might your students respond to the question… “what is math?”
Q6: What are some ways that we might address the socially acceptable “I’m bad at math” or “don’t worry, I was bad at math, too”?
Q7: How do our math lessons/experiences help students to:
  • be flexible,
  • work as a team,
  • communicate their understanding,
  • be persistent, be problem-solvers,
  • be logical thinkers,
  • analyze evidence and
  • reason with numbers