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Cultivating Mathematical Mindsets and Reducing Math Anxiety

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Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the development of a mathematical mindset centered around the research of Dr. Carol Dweck’s mindset theory, Dr. Jo Boaler’s classroom approach, and Dr. Susan Johnston-Wilder’s international research in math anxiety components.  Participants will reflect on their own teaching practices and explore strategies and frameworks that incorporate a student’s mathematical experience and evolution. The foundations of developing a mathematical mindset will be researched. Strategies for helping students, teachers, and parents understand what a mathematical mindset is and how it is effectively implemented by reducing math anxiety will be explored. 

Participants will learn how to create a welcoming, yet challenging mathematic classroom experience, implement strategies/best-practices to foster a mathematical mindset for their students. Participants will learn that math stress/anxiety reducing strategies in one’s classroom and helping students understand their anxieties can improve their internal motivation.  Additional topics in the course are effective lesson planning to combat math anxiety to grow mathematical mindsets, explore online/digital resources to support mathematic classroom needs, including students with special needs, and making meaningful connections with parents to strength and preserve the mathematical mindset at home. 

Global Goals of the Course

The following global goals of the course exist to deepen and/or apply the content and skills of teachers’ existing professional knowledge:

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice in mathematics instruction (National Board of Professional Teaching Standards-NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective mathematics instruction and relevant teaching strategies to engage all learners in today’s classroom, both in traditional and virtual classrooms (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current math anxiety reducing classroom instructional practices in order to create a more engaged student learning environment (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications of growth mindset for students with special needs and high math anxiety (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To explore research-proven frameworks and lesson planning that foster mathematical growth mindsets and reduce math anxiety (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  6. To collaborate and lead other educational professionals, as well as parents, to improve student learning through the use of best mathematical instruction teaching models (NBPTS 5)


By Colleen Jenkins
Reviewed 6 months ago
Paul Wright responded quickly to my questions and graded my assignments in a timely manner providing useful feedback.

By Danielle Cann
Reviewed 3 months ago
Paul Wright is a great. Truly reads and gives back wonderful insight to help you become the best teacher.

By Jennifer Carter
Reviewed 3 months ago
The course was very relevant to today's classroom and I know I can begin to implement the ideas and concepts right away.

By Juliet Graf
Reviewed 1 month ago
The online navigation system was organized and helpful. Steve Novak was very patient, knowledgeable, and professional.

By Carrie Lieding
Reviewed 1 month ago
Thank you, Steve! This was another good class where I could focus in on how I needed to grow to better help my own students.

By Dawn Lucas
Reviewed 1 month ago
Steve does a great job of keeping everyone engaged throughout our classes.

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02/26/24 - 03/24/24
Feb 26 - Mar 24, 2024
Zoom Meetings will be on Tuesdays (February 27, March 05, 12, 19, 2024) from 7:00pm – 8:30pm Central Time.