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To help us develop a Growth Mindset we need to understand why making mistakes are a vital part of the learning process.

  • I can learn from my mistakes.
  • I know that 'failure' is the key to success.

 

Making mistakes is one of the most useful ways to learn in math. Our brains develop when we make a mistake and think about the mistake. This brain activity doesn’t happen when people get work correct.

 

Scientists have studied the neural mechanisms that operate in people’s brains when they make mistakes and they found something fascinating. When we make a mistake, synapses fire. A synapse is an electrical signal that moves between parts of the brain when learning occurs.