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?