Learning Opportunity

The Psychology of Engagement and Success

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: John Mighton
Date:August 24, 2022
Time:4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MTN
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-MA-278
Focus: Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Math Teachers, Administrators, Instructional coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

The sociologist Durkheim once said that people never feel anything more deeply than when they experience a sense of purpose, awe, or success together in a group. He called this feeling “collective effervescence." When teachers guide students to overcome challenges together and to make the same discoveries at the same time, students feel a collective sense of excitement that helps their brains work more efficiently and that inspires them to engage more deeply in learning, to take more risks, and to remember more. But if students are segregated into “ability groups,” or spend most of their time working on different material (or the same material with different levels of success), teachers will have trouble generating any kind of “collective effervescence” in their classroom. In this webinar John Mighton will explain how teachers can apply research on mindsets and motivation to create equitable classrooms where all students develop the positive attitudes that they need to enjoy learning and to excel in math.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Dr. John Mighton is a playwright turned mathematician and author who founded JUMP Math as a charity in 2002. His work in fostering numeracy and in building children's self-confidence through success in math has been widely recognized. He has been named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada, an Ashoka Fellow, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received five honorary doctorates. John is also the recipient of many awards in education, including the WISE Award for innovation, the Margaret Sinclair Award, and the Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education. His work has been featured in Scientific American Mind and he has delivered keynotes at many educational and scientific conferences, including the Aspen Brain Forum. Dr. Mighton also played the role of Tom in the movie Good Will Hunting.