Summer Institute in Education will change to an online delivery for 2020.

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EDST 498G: Developing a Mathematical Growth Mindset

July 6 – 23 (Monday to thursday)   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


A mathematical growth mindset is defined as learners approaching math with the desire to understand it and think about it with the confidence they can make sense of it (Boaler, 2016). The course “Developing a Mathematical Growth Mindset Through Number Sense” examines mathematics as ‘mathematizing’ one’s lived world, through a socio-constructivist perspective. Mathematicians inquire about relationships, quantify them and prove them to others, creating foundations for investigations and inquiries into the development of conceptual mathematical ideas. This course provides participants with an understanding of the components of a comprehensive mathematical instruction framework. Participants will gain an understanding of contextual problem-solving in relation to pedagogical strategies for effective mathematics instruction. A deep understanding of big mathematical ideas will create a foundation for planning a comprehensive mathematical framework that meets the needs of and includes our diverse learners. Through a focus on number sense, participants will develop their own mathematical growth mindset. Participants will learn how the social construction of knowledge facilitates the development of a mathematical community of learners, bringing the core-competencies and indigenous perspectives to life in our classrooms.

Participants will have the choice between Constructing Number Sense, Addition and Subtraction or Constructing Multiplication and Division, based on their own individual contexts.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will:

  • Explore the merging of theories, research and practice to develop an inclusive comprehensive math framework that meets the needs of and stretches all learners.
  • Understand developmental mathematics and articulate the big ideas, strategies and models that make-up math, and how it links to assessment and instruction.
  • Identify and apply appropriate models of mathematics to support developmental concepts in instruction planning.
  • Identify and organize effective instructional routines.
  • Gain an understanding of number sense versus algorithms.
  • Develop an understanding of efficient computational strategies through a socio-constructivist lens.
  • Make connections between a comprehensive mathematics instruction framework and indigenous perspectives of learning. Competencies: Communication Collaboration Creative Thinking Critical and Reflective Thinking Metacognition

Kendra Jacobs

Jacobs is currently a Collaborative Learning Service, District Helping Teacher with a background in teaching math and inclusive education. She has completed her Masters of Education at UBCO. Before moving to British Columbia, she was a lead mathematics teacher in Ontario, facilitating workshops and teacher development in the areas of mindset, mathematics and special education. Kendra has worked with diverse learners from K-8 and brings an inclusive lense to all of her instructional planning and classroom teaching.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.