Jo Boaler (2013), a Mathematics Education Professor at Stanford University, describes a fixed mindset as the belief that either you’re smart or you’re not. On the other hand, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and smartness can be learned and that the brain can grow from exercise (Boaler, 2013).
Teacher attitudes and mindset about mathematics can have a profound effect on students’ attitudes about mathematics, as illustrated below:
How can teachers promote a growth mindset in their classrooms to break the cycle of having a negative attitude about mathematics?
- Check your own mindset by taking the What’s My Mindset? Online Assessment
- Build a Mathematical Mindset Community in your classroom
- Set Up Positive Norms in Math Class
- Take an Online Course for Teachers
Available courses are:
–How to learn math for Teachers (new in 2017) ($99)
–Mathematical Mindsets for Teachers ($125) self-paced, 8 sessions
–How to Learn Math for Students (free) via Stanford University online
More Resources on Mindset can be found at these websites:
T-TAC ODU Library Resources on Mindset:
- Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching (authored by Jo Boaler)
- What’s Math Got to Do with It? How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject (authored by Jo Boaler)