Module 1: Understanding and Supporting the Mathematical Learner
Provocation 1a: Growth Mindsets and Classroom Conditions
Context for Your Inquiry: Learning how to think mathematically involves more than cognitive development alone; it requires curiosity, perseverance and flexibility, and the motivation to learn from mistakes. Indeed facing challenges and valuing the learning that comes from mistakes actually helps young brains to grow. That is why forming a growth mindset and providing a learning environment that engages children in making their thinking visible, asking questions and explaining their thought processes is crucial to mathematical instruction.