Positive Math Growth Mindset Environment

According to an eighth grader at Shroder Paideia High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, “My math teacher doesn’t think you have a math talent; they work with you and try to get you to learn it.”

This is a fundamental tenet of a math growth mindset – that math skills are not innate, but can be learned within a nurturing, positive environment.

StrivePartnership has recently pursued a more expansive and deeper focus in helping move the needle on middle grade math outcomes. Similar to our efforts in early literacy, we have explored the influencing factors that surround our students and have tried to better understand which components are important to their math literacy and success so that we can recommend which investments in our students will have the greatest impact. We pursued the concept of a “positive math mindset environment” and how such an environment can help our students thrive and succeed.

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