Have you heard about a growth mindset? It stems from Carol Dweck's much published belief that, “...our most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” Recently one of our teachers shared a video with us that we wanted to share with our entire school community, In this video Jo Boaler, Stanford mathematics education professor tells us, “You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.” But this isn’t true and she goes on to share the brain research showing that with the right teaching and messages, we can all be good at math. Not only that, our brains operate differently when we believe in ourselves. Boaler gives hope to the mathematically fearful or challenged, shows a pathway to success, and brings into question the very basics of how our teachers approach what should be a rewarding experience for all children and adults. We hope you'll have time to give this 12-minute video a look!
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