Promoting Positive Math Attitudes: A Training for Secondary Teachers

August 13-14, 2019


REL Northwest held a training event on August 13 and 14, 2019, at the Idaho Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference. This training focused on evidence-based strategies to improve middle and high school students' math attitudes. The training included four separate modules and the materials from each module are provided below. REL Northwest partnered with math experts at the Idaho State Department of Education and the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers to develop these materials. As such, they reflect state and regional priorities and are compatible with the state's ongoing professional development efforts in math, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice from the Common Core State Standards.

Module 1: The Importance of Math Identity for Math Success

 Facilitator's Guide
 PowerPoint Presentation
 Handout: Standards of Mathematical Practice

Module 2: Building the Math Environment (Part 1)

 Facilitator's Guide
 PowerPoint Presentation
 Handout: Icebreaker Activity

Module 3: Building the Math Environment (Part 2)

 Facilitator's Guide
 PowerPoint Presentation
 Handout: Math Fluency

Module 4: Kernels of Practice

 Facilitator's Guide
 PowerPoint Presentation
 Handout 1: Interest Interviews
 Handout 2: Normalizing Belonging Uncertainty
 Handout 3: Focused Breathing
 Handout 4: Emotion Reappraisal
 Handout 5: Final Reflection