“Maybe I’m just not good at math.” Hearing those words from Alice, one of my students, made my heart sink. Like all of my students, I knew that she had the potential to succeed. The challenge was finding a way to engage her and help her develop a growth mindset.
Alice told me once that she loved puzzles, so I created a mathematical puzzle that incorporated the math concepts she needed to learn. Alice jumped right in and solved the problem faster than some of my most math-savvy students!
Having a growth mindset is not just valuable for students like Alice. It’s also a crucial quality for teachers. My own path to the classroom was not linear, and implementing a growth mindset proved to be invaluable.
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