Let's work together to nurture students' mathematical minds, and build positive math identities.
We help you create and nurture educational environments so that elementary children can develop lasting positive math identities, and improve achievement in mathematics.
I founded My Mathematical Mind to support parents, teachers, and leaders with the challenge of developing in their students positive math identities. In my more than 30 years of teaching elementary age students, I have seen the effects of math shame, where students are called out for having the wrong answers, or for not working fast enough. These practices cause trauma for students, which lead to life-long battles with math anxiety.
The elementary school years are a critical time for students to learn math in an environment where it is safe to share their developing thinking, collaborate with their peers, ask their questions as they come, and experience the joy of math.
I want to help you cultivate and nurture these positive experiences for students, which will ultimately help you reach the achievement goals you have set for your district, school site, or classroom. The list below is not exhaustive, but it gives an idea of the variety of my areas of expertise.
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Peart, Deborah. “Making Sense of Story Problems.” Illustrative Mathematics Blog, 27 Oct. 2020,
https://illustrativemathematics.blog/2020/10/27/making-sense-of-story-problems/ Accessed 13 November 2020.
Peart, Deborah. “Maths That Make You Smile.” Creative Teaching and Learning, vol. 8.2 & 8.3, 2017, pp. 22-27, http://www.researchinschools.org/files/home/CTL%20Issue%208.2-8.3%20Full%20Version.pdf. Accessed 20 August 2020.
Peart, Deborah. “Guiding Students to a Healthy Math Identity.” Edutopia, 26 Mar. 2018,
https://www.edutopia.org/article/guiding-students-healthy-math-identity. Accessed 20 August 2020.