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Misconceptions about Learning Math

The Never Ending Math Problem

This is an inspiring article about being “good” at math and how having a different attitude can help anyone grow in math skills and understanding.

“First, banish the “I can’t do math” mantra in your home or school. We can all grow our ability to become good at math — and this is precisely the message we should be telling our children.

Second, focus on thinking and understanding, not speed. Ask kids how and why they solved a math problem a particular way. Or ask whether they can solve the problem another way and compare which way is better. Try spending the entire math period digging deeply into one or two problems, as they do in classes in places where math achievement is high, such as Japan.”

For anyone who struggles with thinking they are “not a math person” or has a child who struggles with math, this is important information.

 

 

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