21st Century Learning and Workforce Readiness
It is important to help students change their mindset about mathematics for 21st century skills. According to Achieve Math Works, the skills developed in advanced math are necessary to navigate the many job and career changes that are required of workers in the 21st century. The majority of people working in the higher wage jobs have taken higher levels of math.If a teacher can help a student to change their mindset from a fixed one to a growth one, this could possibly change their trajectory in life. This is a daunting, but necessary, responsibility for every teacher. Boaler explains that ability grouping helps to create a fixed mindset for a student and their ability. She advocates mixed-ability groups, with the teacher presenting multi-leveled work so that students can work at the level and pace that is appropriate for them. She also offers 12 strategies for adults working with students to use to help the students achieve higher levels of math. Three of the 12 strategies specifically speak to mindset.
The school where the research study occurred is transitioning to a New Tech Network school. The district mission statement is below and site are providing professional development around teaching 21st century skills, using Problem/Project based learning and Avid strategies school wide for student success.