This is the Doo Dah playing math. Fractions. This is where kids often learn to hate math. Guess what? We can change it. I’ll describe what is happening in this short video. The Doo Dah is a) seeing what a fraction is b) playing w/ the proper toys/tools to help her discover its meaning c) going from concrete (seeing/touching, etc.) to abstraction (writing symbols, abandoning the manipulatives and doing the math in her head). I hope you enjoy the short video. I mainly want you to see how much fun we have doing math. Math is a puzzle. Math is a game. But, it is very hard to learn anything if you are not curious/interested in what you are doing. So, let’s make it a game and play!
Anxiety is first the anticipation of an upcoming event. From that, there is an irrational fear that the outcome will be terrible, horrible, awful, etc. Math Anxiety is the irrational fear that math is “too hard” and that “I’m going to fail” and “I’ll never get it b/c I’m not smart enough”, etc. Nonsense. Just watch the Doo Dah. Have fun and Game On. Also, if you like the blog, please subscribe. I blog on parenting and education issues mostly. Thanks, Dr. Marty