How do I help my students to make personal connections to mathematics?


  • provide provocations to elicit student questions
  • create opportunities for student problem-posing and wondering
  • foster student self-concept and identity as a mathematician
  • value and acknowledge student’s background knowledge and experiences, and contributions to mathematical community
  • recognize and celebrate mathematical “habits of mind
  • provide meaningful financial literacy investigations and experiences


By providing opportunities for students to make mathematics to self connections and pursue personal interests, students develop a stronger mathematical identity and may increase engagement and thus, their learning of mathematics. Students may make personal connections to different starting points such as children's literature, authentic financial literacy experiences or opportunities to think about future careers.

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