RH Dana Mathematics

"The world of mathematics opens up a world that you never imagined when you take advantage of the possibilities it opens to you, whether it be seeing the beauty in things or opening up more lifelong opportunities."

Math Department News Letter

Summer IDEAS

What Does Mathematics at Dana look like?

In Partnership with Loyola Marymount University and the Mathematics Learning by Design Model (MLC) we strive to create an internally accountable math professional leaning system that supports implementing and continuously improving a math instructions system. It's main focus is to develop a growth mindset in students that will help them become mathematical thinkers, problem solvers, and self-regulated learners who embrace a positive mathematical identity; thereby attaining the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) STEM goal of equity, access, and success for all. Please see the slide below to show you the flow of a lesson in a Dana math classroom.


Other support for our math program at Dana:

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think.

When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found:

One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.

Link to article: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/true-grit-measure-teach-success-vicki-davis