Coping With Math Anxiety Can Be About Perspective

Many children experience discomfort around math, we generally call this Math Anxiety, a fear that math is going to be uncomfortable and full of failure.

Here’s an interesting post via Elizabeth Stevens on Math Anxiety, I wished to share with you all.  Math performance is so important today.  Math is actually fun.  But, we have to approach it in an engaging way.  We can do this and we are doing it.  Thanks to colleagues like Elizabeth.

Let’s remember:

1. Math aptitude is not inborn, math skills can be learned.

2. Math is super creative, there are many different ways to get an answer.

3. Boys and girls can both be great at math, it depends on what we tell children about their experiences with math.

If you wish to delve deeper check out Thinking Mathematically: Integrating Arithmetic and Algebra in Elementary School by Thomas Carpenter, et al.

Breathe… and enjoy Dr. Marty

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4 responses to “Coping With Math Anxiety Can Be About Perspective

  1. Thanks, Marty, for this very important message and link.

  2. DrMarty

    I’d also say that working with materials reduces anxiety. Just building models and trying things keeps the worry away.

  3. Pretty cool article. And, of course I know for a fact that the earlier we introduce concepts we lessen the opportunities for anxiety. But, there is still hope for older learners as well. We must first build trust, then understanding with the right questions to identify their skills and move them forward… with smiles.

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