June 7, 2018

Randall was always told he was "smart." In math class, his teachers celebrated his correct answers, and he grew to expect this type of success. Then, in 4th grade, Randall started to encounter math problems that he couldn't figure out. He was angry. He felt foolish. Hi...

January 18, 2017

Symphony Learning loves the work of Carol Dweck and her Growth Mindset framework. We also recognize that integrating the ideas of growth mindset into your math classroom is a journey that requires support. We want to help. Each week you will receive a short email that...

November 7, 2016

We all want to help. We want our students to succeed in their work in our classrooms. We want them to feel protected. We want them to recognize their limitless potential. But sometimes, our desire to help is challenged by the realities of the modern classroom: time con...

October 31, 2016

Two students in your math classroom are struggling with a challenging task. After several unsuccessful attempts, you hear one of them exclaim in frustration:

"I can't do this!"

In this moment, where the student is feeling vulnerable, their expression of failure demonstra...

October 24, 2016

Why do we feel bad when we make mistakes? For many people, young and old, mistakes bring feelings of embarrassment, fear, and even anger. We may feel judged, and in turn we see ourselves as inadequate.

In our math classrooms, students are especially sensitive to errors....

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