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Unit 2: Overarching Habits of Mind (MP1 and MP6)

2.2.2 Task Summary and Reflection

A teacher’s belief in student self-efficacy is key to each student’s success in mathematics. This belief, and the tasks that teachers select for students, act as vehicles to involve them in mathematics and encourage them to persevere.

Context-free tasks are less likely to engage students than tasks that are relevant to their lives or ask interesting questions; encouraging additional questioning and feedback.

A teacher’s responsibility is to ensure the tasks presented engage students and that scaffolding allows access to mathematics for all students. Rather than decrease the cognitive demand of the task for struggling students, effective teachers use strategies that provide avenues to success in doing rigorous and relevant mathematics.

Time to Reflect

In your Metacognitive Journal, reflect on how the context of the task that you completed might promote self-efficacy and perseverance.

 

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Time to Extend

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