Developing Mathematical Habits of Mind - Primary Curriculum

Mathematical Habits of Mind

In their paper, Habits of Mind: An Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curricula, researchers Cuoco, Goldenberg and Mark call for mathematics curricula to have ways of thinking about mathematics at their core, rather than specific mathematical results.  With this in mind, we believe that children learn better when they are curious, resourceful, resilient and collaborative.

Here are some collections of mathematical activities designed to give Stage 1 and 2 learners opportunities to develop these desirable characteristics. 
Age 5 to 11

Being Curious - Primary Teachers

These problems will exploit primary learners' natural curiosity and provoke them to ask good mathematical questions.

Age 5 to 11

Being Resourceful - Primary Teachers

These problems require careful consideration. Allow your learners time to become absorbed in them.

Age 5 to 11

Being Collaborative - Primary Teachers

These problems are ideal for primary school children to work on with others. Encourage your learners to share ideas, and recognise that two heads can be better than one.

Age 5 to 11

Being Resilient - Primary Teachers

These problems require resilience for primary school children. Encourage your learners to persevere - there's often a great sense of achievement when we've had to struggle.