How many times have you heard, “ I don’t get this!” “This doesn’t make sense!” or my all-time favorite, ”I wasn’t good at math so my student won’t be good at math!” I’m not a science teacher but I don’t remember there being a gene for math.
I’ve been working with my students to establish a growth mindset. I want them to know that they can do it, and I will be there to guide them and help them do it. So we have a poster about “The Power of Yet”. I encourage the students so that they say. “I don’t get this . . . yet!” or “This doesn’t make sense . . . yet!” It is amazing the change the little word yet can make in the thought process of the students. Instead of a defeated attitude they are working on a positive attitude. They are thinking about what they could do differently so that they can “get it.” I encourage my students to look at the problem a different way, draw a model or a picture. Talk to a table partner and think it through together. Give it a try, those three letters can do a great deal to help students be successful and have a growth mindset about mathematics.
Greenhills AEA District Representative
Nodaway Valley Middle School