According to Miles Kimball in this article How to turn every child into a math person, the "secret" to becoming a math person is simply to "act like someone who loves math"!
Best of all: spend time doing math in the kinds of ways people who love math spend time doing math. This hypothesis has three elements:
Why does this work?
- For anyone, the more time spent thinking about and working on math, the higher the level of mathematical skill achieved.
- Those who love math spend more time thinking about and working on math.
- There is a genetic component to how much someone loves math.
This echoes Mahatma Gandhi's quotation
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
It's that simple, really! Miles goes on to proclaim:
It is time for all of us to take the responsibility for learning math and doing what we can to help others learn math
So, let's get the ball rolling. Which mathematical tangent has been your favorite?