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  • Christine Pomatto

    June 7, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    “Good” at math group: Parents/family enjoy math; support at home; growth mindset; strong foundational skills.

    “Poor” at math group: Parents/family don’t enjoy math; less support with math concepts at home; fixed mindset; poor foundational skills. Additionally, students may have learning disabilities or other personal factors affecting their performance and may not have received the supports they need to be successful at school.

    I frequently hear students say “I’m just not a math person” and even parents echoing this same concept: that both they and their students are just naturally bad at math.

    I believe that both groups of students have some traits in common: a natural curiosity about the world; the ability to learn math; and the desire to succeed on some level.