Merrill Elementary Math Update

October 2019

What is a Growth Mindset and How will it Help your Child?

Brains can Grow! A child is more open to the challenge of learning when he or she has a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. With a growth mindset, a child will think, "I can work hard and develop my intelligence, talents, and abilities." On the other hand, a child with a fixed mindset will think, "I was born with a fixed intelligence, talents, and abilities. There is no way to make them grow." A child with a growth mindset sees failures and mistakes as opportunities for learning.

How can you help as a parent? Praise your child for:

  • Effort
  • Progress
  • Hard work
  • Persistence
  • Developing strategies
  • Rising to a challenge
  • Learning from a mistake

Encourage your child to find the power of "yet" by saying "I can't do it YET, but if I learn and practice, I will!" Growth mindset and the power of "yet" can be used in math, reading, writing, and all learning in school.

Here are some questions to use as you discuss your child's day that will promote a growth mindset.

  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What mistakes did you make that taught you something?
  3. What did you try that was hard today?

Recognize your own mindset as a parent. Be mindful of your own thinking and the messages you send with your words and actions.

Math in Action - Moments from the Classrooms

Patterning during Work Place Time

Patterning during Math Work Places