Dispositions in Mathematics at Bootham
Self-aware, thoughtful, self-evaluative
An obvious area for being reflective in Maths is to mentally check whether an answer seems sensible. We can usually get a rough idea of what an answer should be without any complicated calculations.
Co-operative, communicative, empathetic
When working in the classroom if you are working on a task or have completed a task consider whether others in your group could benefit from you explaining things to them. It is a valuable exercise articulating your ideas for others and will help strengthen your own understanding.
Those of you in College, why not give up a Tuesday or Thursday lunchtime to help younger students with their Mathematical studies.
Determined, accepts failure, courageous
Often we find that the first time we try to answer questions on an area of Mathematics which is new to us we are not sure what to do. Try to work it out yourself by looking at your notes or examples given in class, rather than asking your teacher for help straight away. Don’t misunderstand we want you to let us know when you need help, just don’t give up straight away. When answering exam questions for the first time students often struggle, but by working at it and using examples and answers you can really develop your understanding.
Questioning, curious, enquiring, open-minded
Don’t be afraid to have a go at more challenging Mathematics. Why not put yourself forward for the Maths Challenges or the Team Challenges. Have a go at the monthly mentoring questions posted on the UKMT website. Look under ‘Mentoring’
Resourceful, takes initiative, organised, focused, prioritises
When exam time is approaching organise your time effectively. The best way to learn Maths is to do Maths. Your time is precious find ways to work efficiently.
Thinks outside the box, imaginative, makes links
Sometimes there are opportunities to look beyond the work we cover in the classroom. Look out for chances to discover the wonders of Mathematics. ISSP lectures or TED talks might lead you into something creative. Whether it is Fractals or Music of Art mathematicians have always been creative. If Alan Turin and colleagues had not been creative we probably wouldn’t have computers as we know them today.