The “math is only computation” belief is the belief that all math is formulas and just working through numbers. In this belief, it’s safe to say you also believe calculators can solve nearly every problem. To be completely honest, I bought into this belief until
The “math is mostly memorizing” belief is the belief that you can be good at math by just memorizing a few things. If you simply memorize a few formulas and the step-by-step process that your teacher uses, you can get through math easily. Unfortunately, I
The “you have to be taught how” belief is the belief that you can’t do anything mathematical until someone shows you how. When I think about this belief, I wonder if it were true, how math would even exist to the extent it does today?
The “five minute” belief is believing that if you can’t figure out a problem in five minutes or less, you won’t be able to figure it out. I think it’s safe to say, that many people give it much less than five minutes. There are