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This is a short (5 minute) clip showing new brain evidence that shows that all students can learn math to high levels.


There is a really damaging myth that pervades the US/UK and other countries – the idea that some people are born with a “math brain” and some are not. This has been resoundingly disproved by research but many students and parents believe this. It is really important to communicate “growth mindset” messages to students. Help them know that everyone is a math person and that the latest research is telling us that students can reach any levels in math because of the incredible plasticity of the brain.


The extract, video and posters on this page have been taken from Professor Jo Boaler's site This site offers evidence-based advice to teachers and parents on how to support children in their mathematical development.



How do we promote a growth mindset in maths?

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