Traditionally we believe that there could be Math brains and No math brains. But is it true. Research shows that Growth mindset can help anyone acquire any skill. Read on to know how to introduce this in your classroom…
The growth mindset believes that with the right guidance, practice, and hard work, anyone can improve their skills. Studies have shown that students with a growth mindset score higher than students with a fixed mindset. Therefore, when students change their thinking, their achievements will change.
One of the central aspects of the growth mindset is brain plasticity (neuroplasticity).
Neuroplasticity means that the brain can grow and change. Recent research in neuroscience shows that the brain does not stop growing at a certain age and that we can learn new things that can be challenging.
When it comes to learning new things, teachers, parents, and students carry on several different myths. For example, in math, a harmful myth is that you either have a “math brain” or you don’t.
Growth mindset research and neuroscience research (especially brain plasticity) challenge this myth.
The results of this research are:
When teachers believe that everyone’s abilities can grow and give all students the opportunity to achieve high levels, students will achieve high levels. The teacher’s mentality is critical.
When students believe that everyone’s abilities can be increased, their grades will improve significantly. The student’s mentality is very important.
Ability and intelligence increase with hard work and practice. The plasticity of the brain has been confirmed.
Now that you have heard about brain control, some of the best techniques for developing a growth mindset in mathematics are:
Check your own learning mindset and beliefs.
Explicitly teach a growth mindset. Explain what this means in specific terms (for example, without fixed skills, we can find different solutions, and completing tasks quickly does not make us look smarter).
clearly teaches the brain and how we know it can “grow”. Gone are the days of believing in whether you have a talent for mathematics. When you are struggling with a concept, it is just your brain growing!
Do not group math skills. Let the children work together.
Praise the process, not the result. Praise the courage and determination of the students who do not give up.
Standardization error. Restrain students’ urge to comfort them when they make mistakes. Errors are not “bad”. Make mistakes a natural and necessary part of learning.
provides a variety of teaching strategies and activities to maximize interaction with the subject.
Is this information new to you? Can you reflect on the growth mentality in your own practice? To become a growth mindset teacher or parent, what small step can you take?
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