How do I show students that I value numeracy in my classroom?

"The community provides an environment in which individual mathematical ideas can be expressed and tested against others' ideas...This enables learners to become clearer and more confident about what they know and understand." (Fosnot, Constructivism revisited: Implications and reflections. The Constructivist, 16. 2005, p.10)


  • embody a positive disposition, growth mindset, and curiosity in mathematics
  • model mathematical “habits of mind” and curricular competencies
  • design classroom environment to support numeracy learning:
    • visual tools (co-create anchor charts, ten frame cards, posters, math word wall)
    • children's literature
    • children's thinking/work on wall
    • vertical space - thinking classroom
    • accessible math manipulatives
    • technology - accessible
    • small white boards
    • flexible work spaces - small areas, place-based
    • meaningful and intentional integration throughout the day


Embody a positive disposition, growth mindset, and curiosity in mathematics

Professional Resources:

  • Here are two excellent resources that help to think about math and math learning in different ways (Jo Boaler) and develop a positive growth mindset (Carol Dweck). We have also found that the online course by Jo Boaler called How to Learn Math for Students has been transformative for many teachers.

Examples of classroom environments that support numeracy learning:

Classroom Examples

There are a number of secondary, middle, and intermediate examples in the photo series. Things to notice:

  • readily accessible manipulatives
  • white board space for group work and sharing ideas
  • classroom set up that facilitates discussion