From Jo Boaler’s How to Learn Math: for Students:
People see mathematics in very different ways. And they can be very creative in solving problems. It is important to keep math creativity alive.
When you learn math in school, if a teacher shows you a method, think to yourself, what are the other ways of solving this? There are always others. Discuss them with your teacher or friends or parents. This will help you learn deeply.
I keep thinking about mathematical flexibility. If serious about flexibility, how do we communicate to learners actions that they can take to practice?
How might we narrow what separates high achievers from low achievers? If number flexibility is a gateway to success, what actions are we willing to take to encourage, build confidence, and illuminate multiple pathways to success?