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Jo Boaler: Limitless Mind – Discussion Prompt
Posted by Kyle Pearce on November 28, 2019 at 9:42 pmWhat was your big take away from this particular lesson?
What is something you are still wondering?
Share your thinking below.
Jeremy Sarzana replied 9 months, 1 week ago 6 Members · 8 Replies 
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I am happy to say that I was one of the 62 people interviewed for this book. I find the work of Jo and her team transformational and have used the Week of Inspirational Math (WIM) lessons as groundwork for ALL the mindset/resiliency learning that happens in class.

Wow, what an honour that must have been! What a great message that has transformed so many math classrooms!


I was really impacted by the idea that growth mindset has to be met with a growth approach to teaching. This is something I want to share with other math teachers/leaders to highlight that the way we are currently approaching growth mindset isn’t necessarily making a difference if math class is simply based on right answers and algorithms.

That is such a huge message. We need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk!


My big takeaway was the need for multiplicity, being flexible to more ways of thinking and not needing to know all the ways a student will answer before tackling hard problems. Loved the Diamond Paper!

Yes! Multiplicative thinking is so important and encouraging multiple approaches to solving problems is so key for promoting true problem solving in math class. If you’re interested in learning more about multiplicative thinking, definitely check out our course “The Concept Holding Your Students Back” as it builds the Roadmap To Proportional Relationships!


One takeaway is the diamond paper technique. I like how students have give two visual solutions, write a story, and solve it numerically. This approach will help students make connections and is a great formative assessment tool, teachers can learn how their students think.
Another takeaway for me is the idea that in order to create a culture of growth mindset, the teacher must unlock their minds first. I really believe that the classroom can be a place of growth that is limitless!
I’m wondering what other good nuggets are in the books (Limitless Minds, and Mathematical Mindsets). !!!