Ways of Being "Good at Math"

It’s a common misconception that someone who’s good at math is someone who can compute quickly and accurately. But mathematics is a broad discipline, and there are many ways to be smart in math. Some students are good at seeing relationships among numbers, quantities, or objects. Others may be creative problem solvers, able to come up with nonroutine ways to approach an unfamiliar problem. Still others may be good at visually representing relationships or problems or translating from one representation to another—from a graph to a table, from an equation to a graph, or from a word problem to a pictorial model, for example. All of these students—and others—should have the opportunity to access mathematics from different entry points and become successful math students. A comprehensive mathematics program not only makes room for and nurtures all kinds of smart students, it also creates opportunities for students to expand the strengths they have to help them access other dimensions of mathematics. And it offers such opportunities to all students—even those who may be disenfranchised or disengaged with mathematics, often hidden in remedial programs or special classes.


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 Building a Math-Positive Culture: How to Support Great Math Teaching in Your School
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Seeley, Cathy L (2016), Building a Math-Positive Culture: How to Support Great Math Teaching in Your School, ASCD, Alexandria, VA, Retrieved on 2016-08-17
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