A Positive Mindset - Boosting Your Child's Confidenceby : Rachel Gliss
posted on : 2/23/2016 9:28:07 AM
Does your child love mathematics? Or, are you one of many parents who struggle to get through it at home. Over the years, the subject of math has created a reputation for causing anxiety, loss of self-esteem, and general fear for many children. Many families find math homework to be very discouraging and struggle daily with getting it done on time. The introduction of Common Core math standards has only served to increase these feelings of math phobia.
Fortunately, a shift in attitude can make a huge difference in performance. Having a positive mindset will not only boost your child’s confidence when tackling tough math problems, it also helps prime your child’s brain to think logically and efficiently.
A recent study at Stanford University has proven there is more efficient brain activity while doing math when a student has a positive mindset. Stanford tested children ages 7 to 9 for intelligence, numerical problem-solving, and math reasoning in word problems, reading ability, and working memory. These children were then given a survey to identify their attitudes toward math. Results showed the children with a higher positive mindset were much more accurate at identifying correct and incorrect addition sentences. Those with a less positive outlook performed lower on the same tasks.
Research has shown that intelligence can be improved through practice, repetition, and training. Often times, parents believe their child’s difficulties within subject areas are inherited and cannot be reversed. In actuality, keeping a positive mindset, staying determined, and practicing often can make all the difference.
Furthermore, the findings of the Stanford study suggest a positive mindset could give the brain a boost among various brain regions that support solving math problems. The more positive the mindset, the higher the activation in brain areas used to solve math problems, and the better students performed when tested.
As a parent, it is vital to maintain a positive mindset yourself and then to promote this mindset to your children. Praise your children often for doing their best and for doing their work correctly and independently. Teach them that having a positive mindset makes things easier. Having confidence, instead of a fear, especially with regard to math, will allow your child to perform to the best of their ability and receive the highest scores possible.
Make your children aware of how often math is used in everyday life. Math lessons are around you everywhere you go! For younger children, allow them to gain number fluency by counting produce at the grocery store, or allowing them to lead you to a certain aisle number. For older children, allow them to help you double or half a recipe, determine a percentage off discounted price, or estimate the total price of items at a store. All of these things will help gain confidence with numbers and patterns.
Academic support programs, like MathRise Learning Centers, are an additional way to improve your child’s confidence. MathRise’s curriculum can help your child flourish in math and reading, while cultivating a positive mindset by working with your child on their individual needs.
Whether or not your child currently enjoys math, MathRise instructors will continue to develop your child’s academic skills to ensure positive feelings continue throughout their academic lives as rigor and complexity increase.
Furthermore, MathRise has a curriculum that allows your child to take ownership of their learning and empowers them to gain confidence in math and reading through direct One on One instruction. For more information about MathRise Learning Centers and their confidence boosting programs, call us at 623-536-7679 or visit MathRise near Dysart and Indian School in Litchfield Park, Arizona.