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