Growing math minds... Changing math mindsets
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Mathical Biographical Stories that Nurture Growth Mindset
Children's literature with mathematical themes, including youth biographies of persistent mathematicians persevering despite barriers to education, social connection, and vocation, can speak powerfully to children's imagination as future mathematicians.
Imaginative literature provides a special invitation to nonmathlovers in the math classroom. Students who do not yet experience math as relevant and meaningful may resonate with stories of mathematicians as young people.
Here, we share three examples from among the 25 youth biographies of the lives of mathematicians and scientists currently featured in the Mathical List:
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain, by Cheryl Bardoe
The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague, by Julia Finley Mosca
Friend of Numbers: The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, by Priya Narayanan
We will examine some of the barriers faced by these mathematicians and explore ways to introduce and integrate the books into the math classroom.
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Presenters:
Kirsten Bohl is Outreach Coordinator at the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute (SLMath), the organizer of Mathical Books. Mathical selects, promotes, and distributes mathinspiring fiction and nonfiction for children ages 218.
Kirsten Bohl