Middle school students sometimes come to math class with dread. They think of it as endless worksheets, seat time, and assessments. For many students, the work is hard. They don’t see themselves as math people. One way to reverse this trend is to infuse math learning with inspiration and innovation, with a healthy dose of growth mindset.
While teachers and districts have specific goals of math instruction and these are important, so is engaging, hands on, applied mathematics that can turn around negative math thinking and provide developmentally appropriate learning environments for early adolescents.
One way to do this is Maker Fridays.