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The staff focus from September was to promote a growth mindset for our students. Within a span of a few months of focusing on a growth mindset, providing more hands-on activities and taking a problem-based approach to teaching math in classrooms, we saw a positive change in students attitudes and engagement towards math.

We interviewed a random sample of children from Kindergarten to grade 5 and asked these questions:

  1. What do you like about math and why?
  2. When do you feel successful in math?
  3. What do you do when you struggle in math?

Response from students included:

  • "I like really tough questions."
  • "I like making my brain work."
  • "Math helps my mind grow."
  • "Problems make me feel excited and happy."
  • "I keep trying, I take a breath, come back to it."
  • "I listen to what other people say and then I can think of my own ideas."
  • "It can be more challenging."