Let's work together to nurture students' mathematical minds and build positive math identities.
We help you create and nurture math educational environments in which elementary and middle school children develop lasting positive math identities and improve achievement in mathematics.
"What if we reframe our thinking and reframe our language, and we make sure that there is a strong, solid foundation in mathematics for everyone? Maybe we'll have less math trauma, less math shame, less math anxiety, less math avoidance. And maybe we'll have children and adults developing into competent Mathers who are willing to face problem solving with confidence and persevere in solving those problems."
"As a result of your love, your dedication not to equality, but to equity, you can empower your students. As it stands, you have the ability to demystify mathematics for students of color, for all students. They all deserve high-quality mathematics, so do the work, research, revamp, stay the course and apply your newfound understanding of the urgency of equity."
"We can't do this shallow foundation where students can regurgitate things for a test, but when they get to middle school, they have no understanding. I think elementary math educators need to deeply understand math content...the connections and relationships between the numbers."
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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