Keep Going! Building a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms

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Keep Going! Building a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms is a collection of classroom video examples and background materials to help high school teachers understand and implement the Problem Solving and Perseverance standard from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. A related collection, Making the Case, focuses on the Argumentation and Critique standard.

  • Overview: Perseverance in Mathematics

    Reflect on the meaning of perseverance and strategies for teaching it to students in this video from Keep Going! According to expert educators, perseverance is not a characteristic reserved for a special few. It’s something that all mathematics students can develop, practice, and improve.Recognizing that the brain can grow and stretch, teachers must help students understand that when they persevere, they are growing. When they struggle, they are getting smarter and becoming more resourceful mathematical problem solvers.Because students’ ability to persevere is intricately linked to their metacognitive abilities, teachers have to teach students how to reflect and what to reflect on. This video provides context about implementing Common Core Standard #1 for Mathematical Practice: “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them“ in your classroom practice.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Overview: Characteristics of Good Problems

    Examine what makes a problem good in this video from Keep Going! Problem solving centers around productive struggle. According to expert educators, problems that are worth working on require students’ concentration, time, and adjustments in their thinking, process, and application. The best problems are task-oriented and relevant to students. They come from teachers' knowledge of their students and curriculum. They also reflect teachers' willingness to adapt the design of the problem to specific needs of the class. "Low-entry, high-ceiling" problems can be used with all levels of students. These are problems that offer multiple entry points and can be solved using different strategies. This video provides context about implementing Common Core Standard #1 for Mathematical Practice: "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them" in your classroom practice.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Derek Boyd

    High school mathematics teacher Derek Boyd leads his 10th grade geometry class through a hands-on measurement activity and explains over a series of short interviews the process through which he and his students problem-solve, in this media gallery from WGBH.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Marty Clarke

    Examine the strategies that Marty Clarke, a high school mathematics teacher, uses to encourage his 9th grade Algebra I students to persevere in solving unfamiliar problems, in this media gallery from WGBH.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Katie Sinnott

    High school mathematics teacher Katie Sinnott presents multi-tiered probability problems to her 11th and 12th grade AP Statistics class, in this media gallery from WGBH.

    Grades: 9-13+

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