Caroline Carothers - PAW Program: Protecting Animal Welfare

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 **

** Cited from Amazon Education.

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