On Thursday this week, a student wrote me a lovely Photocard. It was the kind of writing that was so sweet and thoughtful that it actually brought tears to my eyes. Here are two lines that I just loved though:
As you know, I’ve really been focusing on my math delivery this year. I’ve taken a new approach, and provided lots of opportunities for problem solving and inquiry. Reading these lines made me smile, as I taught this student last year in Grade 1, and math was always her least favourite subject. Look at how things have changed!
As teachers, it’s easy to be focused on results. I want to see students learning. I want to know that they have a better understanding of concepts. In math, I want to see evidence of strong computations and explanations. With this focus on results though, it’s easy to forget that attitude matters too.
This child’s attitude towards math has changed, and as a result, she’s willing to take more risks in her learning, share her successes as well as her failures, and enjoy the learning process throughout. There’s a lot to say for this, and seeing this student’s note, made me realize the importance of finding out what students think and why they think it.
What role do you think attitude plays on learning? I’d love to hear your thoughts!