..the renee tape is one of his favaroites because of how beautifully it illustrates what he considers to be the secret to learning mathematics: Twenty-two minutes pass from the moment she says, "Ahhhh. That means something now." That's a long time. "If I put the average person in the same situation.. I'm guessing that after the first few attempts, they would have said, "I don't get it. I need you to explain it."..Schoenfield once asked a group of.. students how long they would work on a homework question before they concluded it wasn't theirs to solve.. the average was two minutes.

**But [she] persists. She experiments. She goes back over the same**

issues time and again. She thinks out loud. She keeps going and going.

**She won't give up.**

"Oh! it's... " Her facelights up... Ohhh okay. Now I see.. That means

something"

He teaches a course.. I pick a problem that I don't know how to solve, 'he says' I tell my students, 'You're going to have a two-week take-home exam [or in my case.. 6 days to do a homework assignment]..' I know your habits. You're going to do nothing for the first week and start it next week, and I Want to warn you now: If you only spend one week on this, you're not going to solve it. If, on the other hand, you start working on it the minute you get the assignent,

[it might not work the first second.. but by week two [or in my case day 5] you'll have solved it.

**Mathematics is not so much ability as attitude. Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds. **