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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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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Congratulations, Journaling January Winners!

Journaling January 2017, Imagine Math, think through mathDuring January 2017, we asked math educators all across the country to send us their best student journal entries for Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math). And we weren’t disappointed!

So what is “Journaling January” all about?

In a nutshell, we asked student/teacher teams to send us an Imagine Math journal page that illustrated how students broke down a math problem and solved for the correct answer.

Journaling January–Weekly Winners

Through great teamwork, these winners took their math understanding to the next level. Congratulations to the winning student/teacher teams from these schools: Read more »

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How to Build Empathy and Gratitude at School

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Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year when students celebrate life’s bounty by creating paper turkeys filled with colorful ‘gratitude’ feathers.

Meanwhile, older students may collect canned goods for the local food bank or gather coats for the homeless shelter.

As everyone buzzes with holiday anticipation, it’s pretty easy to feel grateful.

However, the holidays aren’t always rosy for everyone, including low-income students, students with disabilities, and those who live in negative or dangerous circumstances.

Even students with the greatest advantages can struggle with ingratitude, despite holiday activities that remind them to count their blessings. What’s the solution? Read more »

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