Posts Tagged as "mistakes"Monday, October 7th, 2013
It’s time for tip #3 in my special series, Tips for a Happy Math Year!
And here it is…
Normalize error. Getting an answer wrong is just part of the natural learning process. So is getting an answer right. Neither situation calls for high drama. If a kid makes a mistake, say, “Okay, try again,” and ask them what’s the first thing they have to do. This tip comes from Doug Lemov’s great book, Teach Like a Champion.
If you notice your son or daughter beating themselves up over their mistakes, saying things like, “I’m such a bad kid since I got that answer wrong,” “I’m really not good at this,” or “I guess I’m just not a math person,” explain that everyone makes mistakes while they’re learning.
Normalizing error is a powerful way to support your daughter or son in developing a “growth mindset” and being resilient in the face of a challenge – whether that challenge is in math, or in life!
Would you like your kid’s math experience to be less like crying themselves to sleep over their math homework, and more like twirling a sparkly parasol of confident self-expression?
Less feeling like they’re stuck in a mire from which they fear they cannot extricate themselves, and more like Indiana Jones on a great math adventure?
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 617-888-0160, and we can set up a special time for us to have a complimentary conversation.
We’ll get clear on what’s going on in your kid’s math situation and explore whether or not it would be a good fit for us to work together!