My students come to school with smiles on their faces and questions about what the school day has in store for them. As seven- and eight-year-olds, my students are energetic, curious, and feel a great sense of pride when they have accomplished a challenging task or learned a new fact that has opened their eyes yet again to our big, amazing world.
We have been exploring the concept of growth mindset, and my students are willing to take on challenges, strengthen their ability to persevere, and approach challenges with a can-do attitude.
Learning is a lifelong skill, and my students are preparing for a lifelong love and pursuit of learning.
In order to meet the varying needs and abilities of my second grade students, I use the guided math concept as the framework for our math block. Although the whole class starts out with the same whole group lesson, students are then placed into groups and rotate among four stations: teacher time (small group instruction targeting the skills those students need), technology time(math games or skill practice on an iPad), independent skill practice (work in their math journals), and growth mindset (hands-on logic puzzle). We are requesting hands-on puzzles to challenge their logic and reasoning skills, develop their problem-solving abilities, and build their perseverance in the pursuit of a growth mindset.
By donating to our project, you can help students apply what they have learned about growth mindset as they boost their reasoning skills and develop patience and determination in the face of challenges.
Rather than introducing all of the logic puzzles at once, I introduce them periodically throughout the school year. This allows for the novelty of a new challenge, and it encourages students to progress along the skill level of a game as they become proficient at the beginner levels.
There are typically 4-6 students in each station. Currently, we have only one or two games of each type of logic puzzle. This means that as a new logic puzzle is introduced, students are not able to become fully engaged and immersed in the puzzle because they are waiting for their turn to use it or attempting to do an individual logic puzzle with a partner. With multiple sets of the same logic puzzle, students could become fully engaged in a puzzle and make the most use of their time at the growth mindset station.
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