If you haven't seen the video by Jo Boaler and some of her Stanford students entitled "How to Learn Math: Four Key Messages", you definitely need to. Besides the four powerful messages (which I will list below), it has some great stories and quotes, one of which is the one I have above. Jo Boaler has done powerful research and written some terrific books on mathematics and learning math (one of my favorites being "What's Math Got to Do with It?" and the video about these four key messages in math is so interesting.
Here are the four key messages about learning math (I highly recommend you watch the video to clarify and define each message a bit more):
- Everyone can learn math at high levels
- Believe in yourself (your beliefs about your abilities actually changes the way your brain learns)
- Struggle and mistakes are really important in learning math
- Speed is NOT important