Effort Alone will not Develop a Growth Mindset in Math

Patti Chesney explores best teaching practices to develop and maximize the bene ts of a growth mindset in teaching mathematics.

Carol’s Dweck’s book Mindset has revolutionized classrooms across the country. But in an effort to get on the bandwagon, many people have mistakenly associated effort alone with a growth mindset. In this session we will explore best teaching practices to develop and maximize the benefits of a growth mindset in teaching mathematics.

Patti Chesney

Patty Chesney has been a part of the Regents School of Austin community for 17 years. She has been a math instructor in all three divisions of the school: Rhetoric, Logic, and Grammar. While serving as the K–8 Math Coordinator in 2008, she led the initial transition from Saxon Math to the Singapore Math Primary Math series, then later to Math in Focus. She currently serves as the 3rd and 4th grade Director and math specialist for Regents Grammar School. In this role, she supports and advises teachers as they develop and implement math instruction in the classroom and coordinates mathematics curriculum decisions. Mrs. Chesney earned a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas and holds a Professional Engineering License in the state of Texas. She earned her teaching certi cation from Texas State University. Pa i and her husband enjoy living in Austin, and have two married children and one grandson.

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