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Duh Confirmed

Patricia Broadfoot and Ruth Deakin-Crick, two researchers at Bristol University, completed a study on lifelong learning.

As part of the study, they identified six aspects of learning that deteriorate as students pass from the upper elementary grades (4-6) to the middle grades (7-9):

  • Confidence that you can progress
  • Ability to make connections
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Ability to relate to a teacher
  • Ability to learn about learning
The problem: As mathematics teachers, we already knew this...and we need to figure out how to reverse this deterioration-effect.

My suggestion: Buck the current "back-to-basics" trends by challenging all students to experience and explore mathematics that is of high-quality and interesting.

Source: Mathematics Teaching, September 2003