Math Identity

Mathematical thinkers, problem solvers & Self-Regulated Learners:

If you know how to think mathematically, then you are a better problem solver. If you know how to think mathematically and problem solve, then you are a better self-regulated learner.

Mathematical Thinking
  • Specializing: trying special cases, looking at examples
  • Generalizing: looking for patterns and relationships
  • Conjecturing: predicting relationships and results
  • Convincing: finding and communicating reasons why something is true.

Stacey 2006

Problem Solving
  • Analyze the task: Interpret and understand what is provided in the task/problem.
  • Create a plan: connect the given information and desired result with models/ concepts/relationships.
  • Execute a plan: follow the plan until a result is attained.
  • Monitor understanding and actions.

Phillips, Clemmer, McCallum, & Zachariah, 2017

  • Task analysis and strategic planning
  • Goal setting
  • Self-monitoring as implement strategies
  • Sense making and seeking help as needed
  • Evaluation of goals and strategies
  • Ownership of learning and actions

Zimmerman, 2002

Four Faces of Identity: Engagement, Imagination, Alignment, and Nature. (Anderson, 2007)

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