We All Can Be Good at Math, Educator Says
John Baxter, a math coach for teachers in the Simi Valley Unified School District, has used the growth mindset both as a teacher and volleyball coach. In math, the focus can be on the right answer, rather than the process of getting to that answer, especially for some students, he said. But if students get the right answer, he said, they stop learning.
So in a math class for students who were learning English, Baxter stopped putting their grades on their assignments and instead focused on feedback. He saw a shift in everyone, but especially in his students who were struggling, he said.
“The kids were willing to take risks, take challenges and push themselves,” he said. “It was hard for my bright kids who had fixed mindsets because, even if they got the correct answer, I was asking them, ‘How else could you solve this?’”