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Good at Math: Grit and perseverance. Recognizes patterns. Multiple entries point to a problem. Ablet to extend learning to other facets of real life. Makes sense of a problem and is able to estimate a reasonable answer if applicable.
“Good” at Math: Fluent in math facts. Accepts the rules and procedures at face value.
Poor at Math: Accepts failure almost immediately. Little or no confidence in ability. Lacking number sense. Major gaps in previous learning targets.
Common Characteristics: Honestly, every student walking into my class has the capability to get good at math, not just “good” at math. I wonder what happens to create a good math student or a poor math student? Certainly, there are myriad experiences that influence those two groups of students. At some point, are not all of the students in the middle and then slowly migrate one way or the other?