From Performance to Learning: Assessing to Encourage Growth Mindsets– Jo Boaler does a fantastic job explaining why using a growth mindset, particularly in math, is so important to our students’ learning. She discusses how many times we unknowingly sabotage a growth mindset by focusing on testing and scores and not on the mistakes and learning from them to grow in mathematical understanding. A whole post could be devoted to this!- But she explains it a LOT better. If you only read one link, this is the one.
“Assessment plays a key role in the messages given to students about their potential, and many classrooms need to realign their assessment approach in order to encourage growth instead of fixed mindsets among students.” Jo Boaler
Below is a chart outlining the difference between traditional grading and Assessment for Learning.
Moving Beyond a “Growth Mindset”– George Couros suggests that having a growth mindset is good, but encourages us to move beyond, to an innovator’s mindset.
MEMORIZATION VS. AUTOMATICITY: BACK TO BASICS OR BEYOND THE BASICS?– This post explains why it is important to develop our students’ math minds and not just get them to memorize. Kyle Pierce explains the difference.