With Benchmark Assessments approaching the next two days I decided to take some time in class to remind students of the importance of being in the right “mindset”. Math has gotten some bad press in this last century, and many people will easily claim, “I’ve never really been good at math, it just isn’t my thing.” As with most situations, this perception has become a reality to many parents and students.
You may not keep up with educational philosophies, but there is a movement gaining momentum about the importance of having the right mindset for math. Amazon is launching a campaign called “With Math I Can”. It is basically a pledge to have a growth mindset in math and start believing that anyone can learn math with the proper motivation. Here is the link if you would like to take the pledge or dig deeper into the research of the campaign: https://www.amazon.com/gp/withmathican
Also, ClassDojo has released a few videos for students about the same growth mindset approach. We watched a few of them in class today. Here is the link if you are interested: https://www.classdojo.com/bigideas/