The Math For Keeps practice-to-mastery method builds in early successes. Success begets success and an upward spiral ensues. Kids (and grown-ups!) LOVE seeing themselves get undeniably better at something, even if it’s something they might not think they care much about, like math. It’s human. It’s how our brains are wired. Also, it’s a BIG DEAL when a student attains fluency in a math skill, even if it’s something that they “should have” gotten years ago. With my one-on-one customized setting, no win goes uncelebrated.
Points to ponder. Fun stuff to roll around in your head, or better: to talk about with your learner!
What things do you do with your student to help them feel empowered and confident? How do you celebrate big wins? (And little wins too!!!) What do they seem to respond to best?