Madison Miller's Mini-Course: Confidence in Math

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Mini-course Title: Confidence in Math

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Introduction

Hello! Welcome to my mini-course! Have you ever heard a student, or someone you know, use the phrase, “I am not a math person” or “I just can’t do math”? This is a sign of a lack of confidence in the subject. Math has a negative connotation associated with it and it has become normal to accept. This lack of confidence can hinder learning in math. This course is aimed to help you become aware of the confidence levels of math in your class, identify ways to improve it, implement ways to improve it, and reflect on your practices.

How You Will be Assessed

Throughout the course, there will be two ways in which you are assessed:

1.) Reflective Journal

The reflective journal serves as a way for you to reflect upon your teaching practices in regards to each unit. For each unit, you will begin with a reflection prior to reading any materials. After learning more about the subject, you will return to your reflection journal and answer the second part.

2.) Discussions

The discussions are used to help share ideas between you and your peers. Follow the prompts and directions in order to take part in engaging conversations.

Performance Objectives

Participants Will Be Able To:

Determine the impact that confidence in math has on the students’ learning.

Explain concepts that help build confidence in the math classroom.

Create a plan with strategies to implement in their classroom that will increase their students’ confidence in math.

Evaluate the effectiveness of their plan that they implemented in the classroom.

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: Information on Confidence in Math

Brief Overview

By the end of Unit 1, participants will be able to:

• Show their understanding of their practices and students’ confidence prior to beginning this course by writing in their reflective journal given the link provided, answering each bullet point in the instructions.

• Demonstrate an understanding of their students’ current confidence level in math from the survey they administered by posting in the discussion board, adhering to each bullet point in the instructions.

In this unit, participants will write in their reflective journals, read a section and watch a video, create a survey to administer to classroom, and write in the discussion board.


Unit 2: Factors that Influence Confidence in Math

Brief Overview

By the end of Unit 2, participants will be able to:

• Show their understanding of the importance of confidence in math by writing in their reflective journal given the link provided, answering each bullet point in the instructions.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence confidence in math by posting an article regarding this along with a response in the discussion board, adhering to each bullet point in the instructions.

In this unit, participants will write in their reflective journals, read the paragraphs on the page, find their own article pertaining to confidence in math factors, and write in the discussion board.


Unit 3: Strategies to Implement to Boost Confidence in Math

Brief Overview

By the end of Unit 3, participants will be able to:

• Show their understanding of the factors that impact confidence in math by writing in their reflective journal given the link provided, answering each bullet point in the instructions.

• Create and post a plan in the discussion board with strategies to increase the confidence in math of their students given examples and resources listed in the lesson, adhering to each bullet point in the instructions.

In this unit, participants will write in their reflective journals, read the paragraphs on the page, view at least 2 of the extended resources provided, create a plan to implement strategies in their classroom, and write about the plan they created in the discussion board.


Unit 4: Implement and Reflect

Brief Overview

By the end of Unit 4, participants will be able to:

• Show their understanding and reflection of implementing their plan by writing in their reflective journal given the link provided, answering each bullet point in the instructions.

• Compare and contrast the results of the survey they gave to their students before implementing their plan and after implementing their plan until a consensus is reached.

• Contribute their results from implementing their plan of strategies to the class discussion board, adhering to each bullet point in the instructions.

In this unit, participants will write in their reflective journals, implement their plan of strategies in their classroom, administer the survey again in their classroom, and write in the discussion board.