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How to Build Math-Motivated Students

Somewhere right now, a student is struggling with math. But is their struggle productive or pointless? The answer depends on one thing: motivation. The fact is, it takes patience and perseverance to build any skill, such as phonological awareness for budding readers or math fluency for budding mathematicians. But when students are motivated to keep going, they're on a sure path to mastery--even in the middle of setbacks and failure. What Motivates Math Learning? It's a given that no two students are alike. Clearly, what motivates one may not work for another. Moreover, each student needs a variety of problem-solving skills. In math--as in life--there may be more than one "right" answer. Given the complexity of this process, what motivators are best?
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4 Common Misconceptions About Growth Mindset

  How many times in your life have you been certain that you had a concrete understanding of a concept, only to find out later - and usually at a critical moment - that you were not quite there yet? The sudden awareness of your misconception can be one of those cathartic “aha” moments. However, that self-awareness can also be a crushing blow if you have already put a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into a project, relationship, or initiative. Don’t let misunderstandings about growth mindset sabotage your efforts at creating real and lasting positive changes in your school's culture.
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