Mrs. Schaefer

7th (MYP 2) Mathematics and Math Seminar


Additional help is available on Tuesday and Thursday during Advisement.  Come see me!

Welcome Hawks!

I am so excited to work with you this school year!  Take some time to explore my website and feel free to reach out with any questions that you have. 

Check your Google Classroom for weekly agendas, assignments, videos...etc...  

Check the announcements below and the calendars to keep up with our current happenings in math class.

Can Mindset Affect Learning?

My Philosophies about Growth Mindset and Failure...

Math Seminar class is about more than just math!  This is a class that focuses on developing students with a growth mindset towards life long learning.  Through ongoing lessons and activities, students will learn the importance of growth mindset, collaboration, grit and failure.  We will then apply these ideas to improving in mathematics.

What is mindset?  Dr. Carol Dweck, a developmental psychologist from Stanford University has identified that people have either a fixed or a growth mindset.  This mindset can play an important factor in the way a child learns.  Some of the characteristics of growth and fixed minded people can be found in the image to the left...

I believe that ALL students can succeed.  Yes - it will take hard work, perseverance and motivation, but all students can succeed.  This is the idea of growth mindset.  

How do we know the brain can get stronger? 

Neuroscience supports it!  

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and adapt.  When we are challenged with learning new things, new connections are made in our brain.  The task might be difficult at first - but the more we practice, the easier it becomes.  The brain acts much like a muscle.  For example, when you lift weights you actually tear your muscles a bit.  Your muscles repair themselves and as a result become bigger and stronger.  The next time you try to lift, it may be easier - you may even need to increase your weight!  The same is true for our brain.  There is no end to our potential. 

Students will be given challenging tasks.  They will struggle and make mistakes and fail...and all of this will be applauded because we know that this means they are making new connections in their brains.  I do not expect your students to be perfect - but I do expect them to use their mistakes as learning opportunities.  They will get growth-producing feedback on those things that they haven't mastered quite YET...and their growth and effort will be celebrated often.  

Meet the Robinsons

Growth Mindset Intro

Contact Me:

School Voicemail:  303.982.8981