Strengthening Persistence in Math & Beyond

Strengthening Persistence in Math and Beyond: Accelerating Learning for Overage, Under-Credited Adolescents describes a set of practices and tools designed to build students’ persistence tackling challenging math tasks. The lessons and insights described here; however, extend beyond the math classroom and can be applied across content areas. When educators use a consistent, structured approach to supporting student persistence— fostering a growth mindset and providing instruction on independent problem solving, metacognition, and strategies for improvement—students become not only confident in their ability to learn but indeed hungry to learn.

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This document discusses the pedagogical foundation that students’ lack of capacity to persist in the face of challenges is one of the main determinants of their success. The belief that one can grow more intelligent with effort (the “growth mindset”) can have a dramatic effect on academic achievement. Creating a culture of engaged improvement tied...