This weekend, while I was walking with a teacher friend (keeping an appropriate social distance and wearing our masks), I asked how she is managing teaching her second grade class. She said she misses seeing her students every day, and lamented that she has had to rely on district-provided online materials a lot more than she ever did in the past. I asked her how well she liked using the online materials. The materials, she explained, use games to teach, and while her students found them engaging, she feared that the materials are not well aligned to the standards. I asked whether her district had reviewed the materials before she used them. She responded, “I doubt they had the time.”
Does your district need a resource to support intervention, preparation for STAAR, or independent instruction in middle school math? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Cosenza’s TEKS Companion.
Cosenza’s TEKS Companion is a supplemental resource for grades 3-8 and Algebra I. The material is available in print and consists of a student workbook and a brief teacher’s manual. It is designed to support TEKS-based instruction, providing background information on the student expectations and numerous practice problems.
Growth Mindset, a term coined by Carol Dweck, addresses the beliefs and resulting actions that people have about learning. People with a growth mindset believe that their abilities, intelligence levels, and skills will improve over time and as a result of effort. They believe they can learn.
Much of what is written about growth mindset and the strategies to develop it focuses on pedagogy. While establishing a growth mindset culture in the classroom is primarily dependent on the teacher’s behavior, expectations and instruction, the design and contents of the instructional materials can also support or hinder the development of growth mindset.