Math Empowers 2

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grade 2 - First Trimester 2018 - 2019

Two Truths, One Lie

Two Truths, One Lie activities not only encourage mathematical discourse, they also help students to develop reasoning skills, make logical arguments, express their ideas in words, and engage with visual mathematics--which ultimately leads to deeper and more meaningful understanding of challenging topics and concepts. Click here for this activity.


Another great way to encourage mathematical discourse in your classroom is with 'Which One Doesn't Belong?'(WODB) activities from Anthony at Mashup Click here for Google Slides with two halloween themed Mashups.


Value all contributions and all efforts equally. Having a "matter-of-fact" attitude about failure reinforces that it is simply a step in the process. Making mistakes, being incorrect or taking longer to complete a task does not define anyone.

Nothing BIG ever happened without getting messy and making mistakes!

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Failure is simply a step in the process

Carol Dweck and her colleagues have shown that everyone has a mindset, a core belief about how they learn (Dweck, 2006). People with a "growth mindset"are those who believe that smartness increases with hard work, whereas those with a fixed mindset believe that you can learn things but you can’t change your basic level of intelligence. Mindsets are critically important because they lead to different learning behaviors, which in turn create different learning outcomes.

People with a fixed mindset are more likely to give up easily, whereas those with a growth mindset are persistent and keep going even when work is hard. How great would it be if all of us had a predominantly growth mindset? Click here to read more.

Do you Follow Graham Fletcher?

Graham Fletcher has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional leader, and currently as a math specialist. Graham’s work with the math progressions and problem-based lessons has led him to present throughout North America and beyond. He is continually advocating for best practice in elementary mathematics by seeking new and innovative ways to support students and teachers in their development of conceptual understanding. Check out his website, or his library of 3-Act Tasks, or his progression videos.

Questions, concerns, resources to share? Contact:

Valerie DeMatteo

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Harmony Elementary School