Resilience and the Growth Zone

Resilience and the Growth Zone

In this feature, we have chosen problems designed to promote a positive attitude to challenging mathematical situations. The article, Getting into and Staying in the Growth Zone is packed with information and advice on helping your students become less anxious and more resilient.

In this article for teachers, Clare Lee and Sue Johnston-Wilder explain how the Growth Zone model can help develop resilience in our learners.

Number Lines in Disguise 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Some of the numbers have fallen off Becky's number line. Can you figure out what they were?

Estimating Angles 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
How good are you at estimating angles?

Shopping Basket 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?

Same Length 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
Construct two equilateral triangles on a straight line. There are two lengths that look the same - can you prove it?

Impossible Picture? 

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:
Under what circumstances can you rearrange a big square to make three smaller squares?


Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Take a triangular number, multiply it by 8 and add 1. What is special about your answer? Can you prove it?