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Student Page 1.2.3 Mindset Survey

Document your current feelings about how you approach mathematics through the following.


Look at Figure Follow the directions to get a baseline of your attitudes concerning your ability to learn mathematics.

Ten boxes containing mathematical mindsets. Instructions are to star mindsets that apply to you.
Figure A depiction of mathematical mindsets.



The boxes in the first column of Figure describe a person with a Fixed Mindset. The boxes in the second column describe a person with a Growth Mindset. At the present time, do you tend to have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset in terms of learning mathematics? Explain why you think so.


Having a Growth Mindset helps you overcome obstacles as you work to learn mathematics. Having a Fixed Mindset, on the other hand, can prevent you from learning mathematics. It is important to work to overcome a Fixed Mindset so that it doesn't hold you back from learning. If you tend to have a Fixed Mindset, what ideas do you have to help you transition from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset?



Keep your responses to Student Page Exercise and Student Page Exercise Revisit them often. Each time, ask yourself:

  • Have any of my beliefs changed?

  • Do I believe in myself and my ability to learn mathematics?

If the answer to either question is no, ask yourself:

  • What messages am I giving myself that keep me from believing in myself?

  • What messages would be more helpful?