One of the most detrimental thoughts a person can have is that the way they are now is the way they’ll always be. Thinking of your brain as a static, fully-evolved, weirdly shaped, and probably kinda mushy pink thing is crippling your growth. Instead, think of it as an ever-evolving, malleable, weirdly shaped, and probably kinda mushy pink thing.
A very wise man, Yogi Berra, once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
OK, maybe Yogi’s quotes weren’t always genius, but this one actually makes sense. In education, we know where we want students to end up, but the way there is not always clear. Assessment is a crucial element of determining that path.
Math ability isn’t written on a person’s genes, in opposition to the popularly held idea. In spite of major evidence to the contrary, the reoccurring notion in many parts of the world is that some people are born with superb math ability, while others don’t have much at all.