Cara Lovat

Mathematics

Brannock High

  • Growth Mindset

What happens when I use positive reinforcement in the classroom?

Rationale

Boaler (2016) states that “there is no such thing as a Math brain or Math gene” yet if you walk into any classroom in the country you are guaranteed to find a pupil who will say that they “can’t do Maths” or that they’ve “never been good at Maths”. This kind of fixed mindset is developed at an early age and stems from the stigma surrounding the subject. Dweck (2014) believes that by praising children’s effort, strategies, focus and perseverance, their motivation, effort and willingness to take part in lessons will increase.

Aims

The purpose of this enquiry was to investigate the effect of positive reinforcement in the classroom, in particular, what impact it has on pupil self esteem and participation in classroom discussion.

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