In partnership with Amazon Education,

my Platform “With Math I Can” challenges students

to change their attitudes about math.

“I’m not
good at math.”

We hear it all the time. Even Albert
Einstein struggled for years before making historic contributions to both
math and science with his equation E=mc. When students face a tough
math problem, they often feel frustration, an emotion that can be difficult to
overcome.

In February 2016, Amazon Education introduced
the With + Math = I Can initiative, a non-profit coalition to change students’
attitudes about math. Students take a
pledge to change their mindset from “I’m not good at math” to “I’m working to
get better at math” and teachers, parents, and students are asked to adopt a
growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset where possibilities are finite and
limited.

My School Program

As a future math teacher, I have a unique
perspective to share the “With Math I Can” initiative to students of all levels. My school presentations include
age-appropriate games and exercises including the introduction of my baton twirling
to help engage students, while demonstrating the physics of juggling, rotation,
and gravity. I echo Amazon Education’s focus on growth mindset by sharing the
message that learning is a process, and mistakes are an important part of
learning.

The Fixed versus Growth Mindset **