How to Help Everybody Do Math

Vanessa Vakharia gives us the language to help kids overcome adversity in learning

Learning can be hard. Many students struggle. Teachers can struggle to help students learn content but what do we do when students have thinking that is limiting their ability to learn. In today’s show, we talk about math, but the language and metaphors that Vanessa Vakharia shares today can be used in any subject. These ideas can help any teacher improve helping students overcome a mindset of self-defeating thoughts.

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Listen to Vanessa Vakharia talk about how to help learners get in the right mindset to tackle math

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Challenge for this show

After listening to this show, pick a metaphor that you will use to help students who are struggling. Whatever topic you teach, you can find a way to back up from a situation and help a learner gear up to overcome the obstacles to master a topic. Next time you’ve got a student struggling, step back and ask yourself about his or her mindset and address that before you reengage with learning.

Vanessa Vakharia – Bio As Submitted

Vanessa Vakharia 1Vanessa Vakharia, a.k.a. The Math Guru, is a dedicated teacher, published author of a math book for kids, podcast host and leading expert in the field of youth engagement in education. She runs a math and science tutoring centre in Toronto and is a frequent speaker at math education conferences, in addition to regular media interviews on the topic.

Blog: https://www.themathguru.ca/

Twitter: @themathguru

Instagram: @themathguru

Facebook: https://facebook.com/themathguru

Vanessa’s thesis on how media affects girls’ perception of their math ability, “Imagining a World Where Paris Hilton Loves Math”: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2304/power.2012.4.1.57

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