Here's a great article from Edutopia that discusses the growth mindset, and refers you to Carol Dweck's research.
Don't misunderstand me, I teach math, and calculation skills, accuracy, correctness are all important. However, the process by which you get there is even more important. When it's all right and wrong, those who are accustomed to being wrong will find themselves back in familiar territory. Those who are used to being right, won't risk being wrong. I want these students excited about their ideas, and eager to participate because their ideas are celebrated.
My classroom environment leans this way because it is my nature. However, this year, I am actively compiling strategies that support the thinking over the answer for part of each class.
So, here's a book I picked up at the NCTM conference in April. The first section has a set of great, quick activities titled "What Doesn't Belong?". There are four choices for each and multiple interpretations. Students are encouraged to record their observations. I'm planning to hang the letters ABCD in my room, and will ask students to stand by the letter representing the choice they want to explain. Thinking, moving, sharing... I'm all over it.
|Example of "What Doesn't Belong"|
School begins soon. My brain is buzzing... thanks for reading. Please share your strategies for encouraging creative thinking.