Motivation in the Math Classroom

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Strategies to Promote Motivation in the Mathematics Classroom TASEL-M August Institute 2006
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Motivation in the Math Classroom In pairs discuss: What, ideally, does student  involvement in learning mathematics  look and feel like from… your perspective as a teacher? the perspective of your students?
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Research on Motivation Guiding question : What factors promote (or discourage)  students’  involvement  in thinking about and developing  an understanding of math? “Involvement” is more than being physically on-task Focused concentration and care about things making sense Intrinsically motivated to persist Cognitively engaged and challenged Two areas of focus: Cognitive Demand of Mathematical Tasks  Discourse Strategies References Journal for Research in Mathematics  Education, 28 (5), 524-549. Turner et al. (1998).  Creating contexts for involvement in mathematics.   Journal of Educational Psychology, 90 (4),  730-745.
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Mathematical Tasks What is cognitive demand? Focus is on the sort of student  thinking  required. Kinds of thinking required: Memorization Procedures without Connections Requires little or no understanding of  concepts or relationships. Procedures with Connections Requires some understanding of the  “how” or “why” of the procedure. Doing Mathematics Lower  level Higher  level
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Examples of Mathematical Tasks (1) Memorization Which of these shows the identity property of  multiplication? A) a x b = b x a
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 112 taught by Professor Jarvis during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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