How the Otherside of Math Aids the Growth Mindset
There’s a lot of dialogue going around about “having a growth mindset“. A good amount of research has been done on this trait by renowned educators like Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler. Their insights have made it evident that it is important to bring up children with a growth mindset.
Let’s go down the memory lane of our childhood. There were days when we tried to learn to skate or to draw. Some of the times, we ended up doing well and labelled ourselves either as “an artist” or “a skater”. This inherently means that we believed in our talent. But what if we didn’t quite turn out to be an artist or a skater? “I’m not good at it” would be our standard response and we would leave it at that.
In theory, having a growth mindset means that an individual believes that their success is due to hard work. Having a fixed mindset on the other hand, means that they believe success is due to intelligence or talent.
Most of us have been raised with a fixed mindset.
At Cuemath, we are trying to change this by introducing the Otherside of math. Our students are taught to work on their weaknesses in math and overcome them. Let’s take a look at how Cuemath is trying to build a growth mindset among the students.
1. Learning by Doing
The atmosphere at a Cuemath centre is always positive. Children are continuously learning something new either on worksheets or learning aids. The minute they enter the class, they know their routine. They learn different topics on their own by making use of the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach wherein they visualise problems and reach solutions. Math is a life skill and it cannot be learnt like other subjects. Would they be able to learn to cycle by reading a “how to” article? No. The same goes with math.
2.Beyond School Curriculum
The curriculum at Cuemath is thoroughly researched and draws on topics from various school boards including CBSE, ICSE and top international ones. The curriculum is built by a strong team of math experts who have more than sufficient experience handling students of varied learning capabilities. The students learn through worksheets, tabs and puzzle cards and tackle problems of different kinds.
3. Strong fundamentals vs. High marks
Cuemath students are taken through topics in such a way that they grasp the basics thoroughly. More than high marks, we believe in deep understanding. Learning the why behind the what helps them solve many real life problems. Good marks are a result of thorough understanding and this is what we teach them to aim for.
4. Learning at their own pace
In a Cuemath class, every child is given the freedom to explore topics and learn at a pace comfortable to them. A practice like this helps them find many ways to reach the solution. In the long run, they develop into individuals who are capable of thinking on their feet.
The Growth Mindset is quite easy to build and it’s important to guide young children the right way. Children must understand that hard work and grit can help them achieve anything that they want. Cuemath students are introduced to the Otherside of Math and they are allowed to explore to their hearts content. This helps them learn deeply and develop problem-solving skills that are crucial to their future.