Hundreds of jump shots each day.  Sprints at 6am. Dribbling for hours. All of this helped contribute to Michael Jordan’s success and he’s now a global sensation but do you know how Michael really become a legend?


Michael Jordan was physically gifted, which helped to place him on the starting line but it was his hard work and determination that got him over the finishing line. His passion, perseverance and work ethic all lead him to become the legend he is today.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying”. – Michael Jordan.


Michael Jordan is not the only world-class athlete to have adopted a growth mindset: Serena Williams recently shared how failure can pave the way to success. After breaking her winning streak at the peak of her career, she took the opportunity to step back and reflect on what she was doing which enabled her to develop into a stronger player. Michael Jordan

Hard work and perseverance aren’t the only necessary tools for success: children and adults alike need to have the motivation. It’s obvious in a lot of sports what the motivation is – ask most 8 year old boys what they want to be when they grow up, and the resounding answer is “a footballer!” Maths is a different ball game (see what we did there?!) as children don’t always have the same motivation in class.

“The key driver is to motivate students to learn (Linehan, Kirman, Lawson, & Chan, 2011) and using game design and game elements increases enjoyment and engagement (Codish & Ravid, 2015).”


Growth mindset is a huge part of our DoodleMaths culture and we’re always trying to find ways to drive children’s engagement in maths. We promote effort and consistent engagement over ability and practising little and often – a phrase we’re sure Michael Jordan and Serena Williams are very familiar with.


Your DoodleMaths Toolkit

As part of our toolkit, we are constantly developing new engagement tools.  If you are new to DoodleMaths, or feel like your children would benefit from a relaunch, make sure you check out our 30 day challenge sheet to encourage children with their daily DoodleMaths practice. We suggest setting a target number of stars to earn as well as an achievable target streak, whether that be a 7 day, 14 day or 30 day streak! 

Download our 30 day challenge sheet here!

If you are finding that usage has dropped or you want a great way to kickstart your pupils’ engagement, make sure you update to our latest version of DoodleMaths where you can find our exciting in-app advent calendar!  Children complete their daily activity to unlock an exclusive Christmas accessory which cannot be bought anywhere else.

Our Top Tip! Reward lots of children for their efforts rather than just a few children who use the programme prolifically but not in a way which is sustainable for all!


Article by Laura at DoodleMaths.

Happy Doodling!

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