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Strategies for Developing Grit in Students

Grit has important implications for early math learning. Many students, especially those with a negative self-image about their math skills, have a greater tendency to quickly give up when presented with a difficult math concept. Developing grit can help them look past whatever shortcomings they might have and focus on finishing the problem in front of them.

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Working in STEM Fields Is Possible through Hard Work, Not Genetics

“Math skills are increasingly important for getting good jobs these days—so believing you can’t learn math is especially self-destructive. We also believe that math is the area where America’s ‘fallacy of inborn ability’ is the most entrenched. If we can convince you that anyone can learn math, it should be a short step to convincing you that you can learn just about anything, if you work hard enough.”