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Teaching coding has been shown to develop students cognitive skills, this would be very beneficial to many of our young people especially those struggling in Math.
Here is research into how coding supports struggling math learners experience success. For this study the C-Stem Curriculum was the primary math curriculum that was used. The supplemental materials were MVP (Math Vision Project), Kuta Software,and math games on Quizizz. Other innovative tools were used for coding were Makey Makeys, Scratch, and linkbots. The areas measured were study MI (math inventory score), passing rates, and students feedback. Growth mindset development was a critical component to this study as well due to the fact that students entering this class had already failed Math 1 multiple times.
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My initial intent for this project was to focus on how developing Growth Mindset in struggling math students could improved achievement. As I dove deeper into my research and started to take a closer look at my initial observations I realized that the success I was seeing was greatly influenced by the coding and robotics that students were using to learn math. This observation shifted my research to focus on, what it is about coding and robotics that supports struggling math learners? Please read my initial research and then look through my site to see all the ways I shifted and supported my new driving question : what is it about coding and robotics that supports struggling learners?
Students in the United States are testing far below proficient at alarming rates, affecting their ability to participate in higher level math and science classes. This study explored the connection between math achievement and developing positive math mindsets. The areas of research that supported the development of positive math mindsets; were growth mindset development, an understanding of students who repeat Math 1, and the importance of teacher / student relationship to academic success. Students were introduced to current brain research which illustrated the plasticity of the human brain. In the Math 1 class students participated in a collaborative learning environment celebrating mistakes. Students experienced deeper inquiry based math lessons which required collaboration with their peers. Students were encouraged to learn from their mistakes and see the valuable learning that occurred.The norm in class was to make corrections on assignments which stimulated brain cell growth. The teacher student relationship was developed through community circles, reflections, collaboration, and learning together. Math learning occurred in a new and engaging way with the C-STEM computing and robotics curriculum. Students were learning Math 1 concepts while also learning how to code. Mindset growth was measured through students self assessing on mindset surveys. The growth in math achievement was measured by final course grades and Math Inventory test scores. The results showed that 94% of students self assessed to having or developing a positive math mindset and 100% of the students in this study passed the class with a D+ or higher . Math Inventory results are inconclusive; growth was measured with 50% of students improving.
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