Effort Alone will not Develop a Growth Mindset in Math

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.

Singapore Math in the Classical School

This session will focus on four topics: the basics of the Singapore math philosophy, how the Singapore math philosophy aligns with classical model of education, teaching Singapore math with fidelity, and how parents can support the children at home.

Patti Chesney

Patti Chesney has been instructing children, teachers, administrators and parents across the United States in the pedagogy and instructional strategies of the highly successful Singapore Math philosophy since 2008. Patti is a frequently requested Math in Focus professional development facilitator because of her extensive experience with a variety of grade levels as well as her experience teaching and training teachers in the Singapore Math philosophy.Patti has eleven years of teaching experience, nine of which have been at Regents School of Austin. While serving as the K-8 Math Coordinator, she led the initial transition from Saxon Math to the Singapore Math Primary Math Series, then later to Math in Focus. Patti will begin serving as a Grammar School Director at Regents in the 2015-2016 school year.