Growth Mindset: What is a growth mindset? Why is a growth mindset critical in math learning? Share your thoughts below.
I believe a growth mindset is critical in math learning. The belief that everyone can learn math, and that mistakes are good is essential to develop the perseverance and experience to continue.
My current challenge is the specifics with HOW to instill this growth mindset! I believe that everyone can learn it, but my students are still afraid of making mistakes. We work through problems in groups and discuss different options, but students still hesitate to take a chance - they stop at a certain point and wait for me to give them further direction. This is particularly true with word problems in math.
I don't like to see them lost, and wonder if I am jumping in too fast. How do I better learn how to direct/redirect their thinking, with out taking over the problem solving?
Growth mindset is being confidence in ones own learning. I believe that a growth mindset is critical in math learning because of there is only one right answer compared to a language learning where it’s more open ended. For example 2+2 =4. however as educators we need to teach students all the different strategies that they can use so they understand there many ways to making sense of this. I know a lot of teachers teach the strategies however they are not revisited as much as they should be. I believe student should show they work and explain how they got the answer this way they are showing their thinking. This can help educators see where the students might need might be struggling or advancing.
One way to instill a growth mindset in students is teaching cross curriculum or teaching it based on their interest. Showing then how to use math in a practical manner. Sometimes incorporating and creating it into a game where they enjoy solving the problems.
Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is something that can be developed rather than something one is born with (fixed mindset). Growth Mindset is associated with others ideas such as grit, or resilience (the ability to persevere through challenge).
Growth mindset is critical in all learning as it enables learners to persevere when faced with challenges and mistakes (pretty much the definition of learning). Mathematics is no different, but in North America there is a common belief that mathematics ability is innate and that some people have a "math brain" while others do not. This belief is not as common for other subjects, and plays a huge role in the disinterest and dislike of mathematics as a subject in school.
There are some beautiful diagrams that simplify the consequences of growth vs. fixed mindset check out this link Science Impact, or search growth mindset images.
It might also interest you to know that this "fixed mindset" towards mathematics and intelligence in general is not common in other cultures around the world. In countries like China and Japan growth mindset is the common mindset. Here, children are raised to believe that they can succeed if they work hard - that their math intelligence will grow the more they work at it.
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