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Hello, I am Eric Roberts, the math resource teacher at Round Hill.  I believe that all students can learn mathematics to a high level while making connections to the real world.  Research shows that through the process of learning our brains actually grow; the brain creates new neurons and connections resulting in a smarter and stronger brain.  This idea is called growth mindset: a person’s talents and intelligence are not fixed, but can increase and be developed much like the way muscles are grown through hard work, continued effort, and persist determination.  To learn more about growth mindsets:                                   What is a Growth Mindset?                                                                                               What Does the Science Say? When we workout to gain muscle strength and mass, we challenge ourselves by moving more weight and changing up our usual routine.  When increasing our intelligence we must also challenge ourselves, we must push past our comfort zone and embrace productive struggle.  It is this struggle that allow our brains to create new cells and grow.  But what does failure have to do with growth and learning?  Everything…watch these short videos to help understand the role of failure in the context of a growth mindset: We must be willing to take risks and view learning as a process much like learning to walk.  Each time a toddler falls down when learning to walk, he or she gets back up and tries again.  Eventually through many attempts and failures, the child has mastered walking and moves onto more difficult challenges like running then jumping, hopping and skipping.  This is the same for learning mathematics or anything else.  We must change our view of failure; it is an important part of learning and essential for us to become smarter.  Failures are the mistakes from our first attempts at learning; failures are learning opportunities that are the keystone to becoming smarter.  I believe we must celebrate students’ effort and determination when solving tasks.  Student persistence includes discovering alternative methods for working problems, such as locating and identifying mistakes in order to find new solutions. We must teach our students to understand errors as learning opportunities. We must encourage our students to think about what worked and what did not work in order to develop a new method or strategy. We must teach our students that hard work pays off; failures and perseverance work together to create neural connections resulting in brain growth. What happens in our brains when we make mistakes?                
Posted by ERoberts  On Apr 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM