It is important for students to have the mindset that they are a key player in their learning. I have a couple of signs in my room that state:
- Don’t make excuses, make improvements.
- For success, attitude is just as important as ability.
I really believe this. When students feel in control of their learning they can grow and improve. I have high expectations for my students, and I work with them to monitor their own behavior and learning. I encourage them to ask questions. I provide many opportunities for group work and leadership in the classroom.
I noticed years ago, so many students (and their parents) told me, “I am just no good at math.” I just don’t believe that. I believe that ALL students can learn. Some may learn faster than others, but they can ALL show growth. I have talked to each student individually or in very small groups to convey my goal for them and the high expectations I have for them during the year.