‘Growth mindset’ key to SCUSD’s With Math I Can campaign

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‘Growth mindset’ key to SCUSD’s With Math I Can campaign

SCUSD’s “With Math I Can” campaign is aimed at fostering the idea that any student can learn math at the highest levels if they practice and accept mistakes as part of the learning process.

“Mistakes grow your brain,” says Stanford University math professor Jo Boaler, whose book “Mathematical Mindsets” is helping change the way math is taught nationwide. “When we give kids the message that mistakes are good, that successful people make mistakes, it can change their entire trajectory.”

SCUSD is partnering with Amazon Education to help students move from what Boaler calls a “fixed mindset” — the idea that people are either smart or not smart — to a growth mindset, which emphasizes the brain’s ability to grow intelligence through practice. People with growth mindsets believe that the harder they work, the smarter they get.

Parents can help students achieve a growth mindset with resources on Amazon’s “With Math I Can” website. The site is loaded with fun videos and at-home lessons that explain growth mindset and help encourage a new way of thinking about math.