March math madness at College Place Elementary
More than 550 people attended March Math Madness Night March 7 at College Place Elementary School.
“We had 10 classroom teachers hosting fun, engaging math stations for our families to discover the joys of math together,” said Steve Hearn, assistant principal at the school.
This year, College Place Elementary is focusing on math and mathematical thinking, based on the work of Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck at Stanford University. Earlier in the year, the school partnered with the University of Washington to help understand and implement mathematics instructional practices that align with this work.
“The main message from this work is that we have to create a culture at our school where every student believes they have a math brain, because this is what research shows,” College Place Elementary Principal Scott Morrison said.
“We then need to create tasks where students can look at a mathematical problem and have an idea for how to begin to solve it, and then use what they have learned to make sense of it and solve it in their way, and to persevere when they make a mistake or come to a challenging situation.”