The mathematics department at Northbridge International School Cambodia encourages students to develop a growth mindset in their approach to learning Math.
Teachers guide students and help motivate them through the mistakes they encounter in both their formative and summative assessments.
Mistakes are important to student learning, as research into how the brain develops has shown that individuals who make mistakes develop more neurons from their mistakes, hence understanding concepts even further.
Here are a few approaches and initiatives developed in the math department which have helped promote and enrich a growth mindset for students at Northbridge.
1. POGIL (process oriented guided inquiry learning) approach to reviewing test material.
In reviewing for their similar and triangle trigonometry test, grade 9 math standard students were divided into groups and assigned roles (manager, spokesperson, recorder and strategy analyst) within the group.
Students were then asked to solve challenging problems that were related to their upcoming test. In each step of the POGIL pedagogy, students ask questions, work collaboratively, take risks and reflect on their mistakes. This activity also enables students to motivate their team members, gain leadership and in turn build on their confidence in math.