Posted by: John Colby | Saturday May 10 2008

Getting students to believe in themselves

The teaching for this semester is nearly over. Exams start on Monday.

One of the enlightening things this semester has been seeing students get to believe in their own ability in maths. I started off by asking how many of them thought they were bad at maths – and many of them put their hands up. I haven’t asked that question again – but when their results come out I may. In January we struggled – but with practice (and turning up) they have made great advances and now, mid May, they’re exhibiting much more confidence. They’re still not confident about the exam, or even their developing abilities, but that’s to be expected.

What’s most important but they don’t know it is that I have confidence in them, in their abilities now to ‘do’ maths.

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