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  • 1.  IMPACT in Action - Habitual Inclination

    Posted 21 days ago
    How can instructors help students develop the habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one's own efficacy?

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    Linda Blanco
    Professor/Math Department Chair
    Joliet Junior College
    Joliet,IL
    ICTM Board, Univ/CC Director
    lblanco@jjc.edu
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  • 2.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Habitual Inclination

    Posted 21 days ago
    I believe, as the IMPACT doc describes in detail, students need to take ownership of the mathematics..  So much of what I see, the students battle with the mathematics.  I believe reflecting on their current learning can be very helpful with this.  There are 5 bullet points on p. 31 of the IMPACT doc that relates to this.

    Of those bullet points, it is important for teachers to use applications that build on students previous knowledge while incorporating new ideas.  Doing course work IN CLASS (something I need to do more) is beneficial.  It helps students understand that making mistakes is okay and it helps them take ownership and a "belief in diligence and one's own efficacy".

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    Michael Caparula
    Professor
    Kankakee CC
    Kankakee IL
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  • 3.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Habitual Inclination

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hi  Mike,
    I find that when my opener/warmups include both review and foreshadowing, it helps provide context.  That context can be applied or conceptual/theoretical.  It helps put usefulness into the equation.  The danger is that I may find out that students really didn't grasp the the earlier concept as I had hoped.  So time becomes a factor and I may need to sacrifice an example or two that I had intended to use in the current lesson.  That is where student ownership becomes important, both in consistent work/effort as well as maybe having to fill in some holes because we cannot present everything in class if we are going to troubleshoot/diagnose/treat a lot (and that's been more prevalent in the COVID era).

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    Linda Blanco
    Professor/Math Department Chair
    Joliet Junior College
    Joliet,IL
    ICTM Board, Univ/CC Director
    lblanco@jjc.edu
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