Mathematical Mindsets

Growth Mindset for Math

Have you wondered why it's perfectly acceptable to say "I'm not good at math!" but it's not ok to say "I'm not good at reading."??  For some reason one is ok and the other is not.  Neither is ok!!  We need to help our students see that they could become good at math!

The guru for growth mindset and math is Jo Baoler, from Stanford University. She wrote several books on this topic. Better yet, check out her web site: youcubed  It's amazing!! Seriously.

Classroom Norms
Follow these norms in your math classroom to foster a growth mindset in math. Here is a link to a poster.
  1. Everyone can learn higher math!  It's for everyone!
  2. Mistakes are valuable.  They help us learn!
  3. Questions move our thinking.  Ask!
  4. Math is creative.  Think outside the box!
  5. Math needs to be talked about!  Collaborate and communicate!
  6. Go deep, not fast.
  7. Learning takes effort.  It's not a performance.
Math apps.  
There are a lot out there that try to get kids to work so fast that they're not thinking!  Here are the apps that Jo Baoler suggests.  They emphasize thinking visually and deeply.   My favorite is Mancala!!

Delve deeper
My friend Kathie, at Tried and True Teaching Tools, led a great book study this summer.  Check out her blog for more detailed information.

Here are some great products from my store!

Growth Mindset

Is your school doing  more and more with technology?  Here is a Google drive activity about growth mindset.  It had two quick activities and a report for the kids to do!  If not techy yet, I have other products for Growth mindset for you. I have a few products related to growth mindset.  Check them out.



TPT Sale: Growth mindset, close reading guides, team building and classroom decor sets!

It's time for the TeachersPayTeachers sale!

Here are some great products from my store!

Growth Mindset

Is your school doing  more and more with technology?  Here is a Google drive activity about growth mindset.  It had two quick activities and a report for the kids to do!  If not techy yet, I have other products for Growth mindset for you.

Close Reading Guides

Have you read Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin?  It's an amazing book about Rose.
She was diagnosed with high functioning autism, which some call Asperger's Syndrome. She lives with her father and her dog, Rain. She loves homonyms, prime numbers and Rain.  It's a deeply moving book.  I also have guides for many more: The One and Only IvanWonder, Fish in a Tree and many more.

Back to School Team Building Activities

Looking to build trust and community in your classroom?  I hope these activities help you build that environment where your students feel loved, secure and supported.

Classroom decor sets

Looking to decorate your room?   I always start with literature!  Here are four different sets: Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. Choose the one that fits your personality and kids!

Remember to use the code OneDay for a bigger discount!



IMWAYR: Books for Back to School

Monday Linky from Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers and Kathryn from Book Date!

Books for Back to School


The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
This is a really heart warming book.  Great for the first day of school.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum has great self confidence until that first day of school where kids think her name is funny.  Great for self esteem and acceptance.

David Goes to School by David Shannon
From the author of the popular "No, David!" books this is about his first day of school.  If you know David, this won't be one well behaved child!

Upper Grades

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Juby Blume
Peter is a fourth grader who has to deal with his little brother, Fudge!  And he has had it!!

The Fabled Fourth (and Fifth) Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming
Funny books about a teacher and kids who are not typical.  

Hope this helps you pick something out for that first day (week) of school!


IMWAYR: Books for Growth Mindset

Monday Linky from Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers and Kathryn from Book Date!

Books for Growth Mindset

Picture Books

Peter Reynolds, artist extraordinaire and author, knows growth mindset. Many of his books touch on this important idea. Maybe you (or anyone) don't know how to do something but it's about the "yet". You don't know how ... yet! In this book, Vashti is discouraged because she feels she can't draw. With gentle encouragement, she realizes she can be a great artist.

This book is by Ashley Spires. It's a lovely read aloud. It's about a little girl who has a great idea but it doesn't quite come out as she wants it to. After stepping back a bit, she can see it differently and ultimately succeeds. If you need a lesson plan for inferring with this book, go here. This lesson uses the gradual release model and offers stopping points throughout the story. This book discusses perseverance, innovation and friendship.

Upper Grade

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm. It was first published in 2014 and immediately made it onto blogs and even the Global Read Aloud. It's about Ellie. Her parents are divorced but cordial and her biggest concern is starting middle school. Then one day, her mother brings home a boy. He's a moody teenager...but something about him is very familiar to Ellie. He's a lot like her crazy grandpa/scientist. Could it be? Some themes to consider while reading this book: science ethics, science, divorce, friendship, aging, family, intergenerational relationships, growth mindset, and stereotypes.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

So many people embody the ideas of growth mindset: Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey etc. etc. etc.. Malala also embodies it and kids connect to her. It's a moving story with strong themes. It'll show kids how every voice matters! Never give up for what you believe in.

Lessons and posters for growth mindset can be found here!



5 Teacher Must-haves for Back to School: Working on a Budget

5 Teacher Must-haves for Back to School: Working on a Budget

and a giveaway!!

Yes, computers, printers and doc cameras are important but I'm talking cheap things that just make your teaching life easier.  They just are better quality and last longer.

My thinking:

1. Sharpie oil based paint markers.  These are awesome.  You can write with them on students' desks.  They don't wipe off!  When a students moves or you're just cleaning, just write over them with a dry erase marker and erase! Super easy.  No more name plates on their desks that look ratty after a few months.  I put their name plates in the plastic pocket in their seat sacks.  Last all year.

2.  I don't know about you but my district buys cheap pencils.  They break constantly and don't sharpen correctly.  If you're going to spend your hard earned money on pencils, get Ticonderoga #2 pencils. They last the longest.  

3.  These can get a little pricey but keep your eyes peeled for sales.  I get mine at Target during the back to school sales.  It'll pay off in the long run. Composition books last so much longer than spiral bound notebooks.  If you need smaller books, Home Depot will cut them in half (horizontally) for you. Awesome!

4.  I don't know about you but if I want a clean room I have to do it myself!  I love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  They clean up scuffs and even Sharpie marks, super quick!

5. A good cardigan is essential.  Sometimes it gets cold in the room.  Just leave it there and you'll never have to worry about it.  I like the ones from Ann Taylor or the Loft but I always get them on sale at the outlet.  You can find them on sale in July or August.

Extra! Extra! Do you need a lot of something or something big?  Too much for your budget?  Put in a grant on DonorsChoose.  I have gotten paper, books, a full writing center, field trips, student technology and a laptop through them!! Best match codes are at the beginning of the year.  Also BEFORE you write it, look up your states partner funding opportunities (look at the bottom of the page). Write a grant that meets their parameters to get it half funded.  It's a great organization that has helped my classroom a lot!!

It's time for the TPT sale.  It's August 1st and 2nd!  Follow my store on Teacher Pay Teachers for a chance to win a $10 TPT gift card! #bestyear

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