How to Build Math-Motivated Students

math motivation, Imagine MathSomewhere right now, a student is struggling with math. But is their struggle productive or pointless? The answer depends on one thing: motivation.

The fact is, it takes patience and perseverance to build any skill, such as phonological awareness for budding readers or math fluency for budding mathematicians.

But when students are motivated to keep going, they’re on a sure path to mastery–even in the middle of setbacks and failure.

What Motivates Math Learning?

It’s a given that no two students are alike. Clearly, what motivates one may not work for another.

Moreover, each student needs a variety of problem-solving skills. In math–as in life–there may be more than one “right” answer. Given the complexity of this process, what motivators are best? Read more »

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4 Common Misconceptions About Growth Mindset

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How many times in your life have you been certain that you had a concrete understanding of a concept, only to find out later – and usually at a critical moment – that you were not quite there yet?

The sudden awareness of your misconception can be one of those cathartic “aha” moments.

However, that self-awareness can also be a crushing blow if you have already put a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into a project, relationship, or initiative.

Don’t let misunderstandings about growth mindset sabotage your efforts at creating real and lasting positive changes in your school’s culture. Read more »

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6 Everyday Examples of Math in the Real World

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If you look hard enough, you’ll see math emerge from some of the most unlikely places. The fact is, we all use math in everyday applications whether we’re aware of it or not.

Mathematics is the universal language of our environment, helping mankind explain and create within it for thousands of years. From playing games to playing music, math is vital to helping students fine tune their creativity and turn their dreams into reality.

When am I ever going to use this?

Variations of this question have echoed through the halls of math classrooms everywhere. Struggling students often become frustrated with complex math problems and quickly give in to the notion that they will never use math in “real life” situations.

While it may be true that some of the more abstract mathematical concepts rarely come into play, the underlying skills developed in high school math classrooms resonate throughout a student’s lifetime and often resurface to help solve various real-world or work-related problems–sometimes years down the line. Read more »

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Announcing Our 2017 Limerick Contest Winners

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Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets–and every year, the contest is harder to judge!

Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner.

In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year’s theme: “My Favorite Subject.”

Congratulations, students–your limericks were amazing.

The Winning Limericks

Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S–by far the most entries received. Great job, students! Read more »

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Another Slice of Pi: Announcing Our Pi Day Winners

Our Imagine Math students are always game for sharing their learning successes with us. So, when we asked schools across the country to share their 2017 Pi Day celebrations with us, we weren’t disappointed!

Here are the winning Imagine Math classrooms and the creative ways they celebrated the biggest math day of the year.

Thompson Elementary – Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (TX)

In Ms. Crump’s first block (homeroom) and second block classes, students created Pi Day posters that showcased the creative side of pi. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Henderson Middle School – Vance County Public Schools (NC)

At Henderson, Mr. Banaag’s students made Pi Day into a week-long celebration, including Read more »

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