Shocking solution for Math Anxiety

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For people who break out in sweat when thinking about doing math a solution maybe nearby:

For people who have a really hard time doing math, “their brain is not functioning properly” in the area that governs this ability, explained Dr. Cohen Kadosh. “They have abnormalities in the anatomy … and they have lower activation” in part of the brain.

Using electrical current to simulate the brain, he said, “is just like giving the neurons an energy drink so they are able to perform much better.”

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The state of math in the US

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It doesn’t look good. The article in the link for today is about math anxiety being contagious but they first refer to some worrying statistics:

A research study in the journal Education finds that 71% of Americans cannot calculate gas mileage, 58% cannot figure a tip, and 78% do not have the skills to compute loan interest. How do people manage these routine calculations when they have no idea how to do them? Research suggests they estimate — and “pad” their estimation. In other words, they overpay. Imagine how much money they lose by avoiding simple math.

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Is it Anxiety or Dyscalculia? Or both?

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“Maths anxiety is often confused with dyscalculia, or maths disability,” says Trupti Talekar, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist. “Emotional disturbance that negatively affects the child’s maths performance is what constitutes maths anxiety. (On the other hand) dyscalculia is an academic disability: a skill deficit that has a neurological basis. Both can occur separately or together.”

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Stop worrying about SAT or ACT

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More and more colleges are no longer looking at SAT or ACT results to predict college success. The University of Chicago today joined in that group. Their reasoning is that minorities are intimidated by the SAT and ACT and thus do not have a fair opportunity to apply, another reason should be that it has been clear for a while that SAT and ACT are not good college success predictors.

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Help battling test anxiety

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On top of Dyscalculia, also Test anxiety can make the problem a lot worse. It does not really matter if dyscalculia caused the test anxiety or that the child developed a math learning disability due to the test anxiety, the fact is that it is there and now how do you help them get over it? See our link for today for more.

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Be Positive about Math

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Being Happy about Math is already a very good step forward, see the new research from Stanford:

A positive attitude toward math boosts the brain’s memory center and predicts math performance independent of factors such as a child’s IQ, a Stanford study has found.

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Oops, abusing “bad at numbers”

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A blog post where they make the point that you may be abusing the “I’m so bad at numbers”. One example they give:

You Use ‘Bad At Numbers’ To Avoid Keeping Good Records

It’s a lot easier to say ‘I don’t understand the numbers’, ‘I don’t understand what I’m meant to do with my receipts’, ‘I don’t know what I’m meant to be doing, I can’t do it, I’m bad at numbers.’

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Math should be fun

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A letter to the editor of the FT about an article they ran a while ago. The article suggested that everyone should have math education until age 18. The writer of the letter to the editor maintains that children who have trouble with math should not be forced to take math until 18. Here is the concluding quote:

Forcing children who don’t have mathematical brains to study it not only destroys their self-confidence but can destroy that most precious joy, the joy of learning. Maths can ruin lives as well as make them.

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Math turns into Anxiety

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Because of the societal stigma that comes with struggling with maths, people seem to think it’s acceptable to laugh about it. Working in a pub, I try and stick to waitressing as often as possible to get out of working the till, as I often come across customers who decide that my hesitance and double or triple checking of their change is something to laugh at or comment on. I don’t think they realise how patronising and embarrassing it is – and I don’t help myself by laughing it off or preempting it with a “bear with me, I’m awful at maths” – it’s just that I can’t look at a handful of change and tell you if it’s correct without second-guessing myself.

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Math anxiety and Math performance

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Research findings suggest that cognitive and emotional mathematics problems largely dissociate and call into question the assumption that high mathematics anxiety is exclusively linked to poor mathematics performance.

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Rethink those labels

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Rethinking Giftedness from YouCubed on Vimeo.

Great quote: The labelling of some students sends negative messages about potential, that are out of synch with important knowledge of neuroplasticity showing that everyone’s brains can grow and change. But few people realize that those labels are damaging for those who receive them too.

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A free resource

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Missouri education officials are promoting a free, online resource to help kids practice math skills over the summer. Studies show students can lose more than two months of progress during the break.

Or try our low cost resource with 35 videos and over 150 pages downloadable activities HERE

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Math Anxiety and what can be done about it?

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A conference was held and this was one of the tips by a specialist. Please read the whole article in the link and download the conference papers for much more information.

I use Facebook for setting up study groups for my non-specialist students. My rationale is to address anxiety by connecting with students without intruding into their personal territory i.e. becoming their Facebook friends. Facebook allows academics to use an online system for posting topics for discussions, addressing students’ queries, uploading course material and monitoring their progress. These study groups are easy to set up and promote inclusive education. It is a platform students are used to and view positively.

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Kids with Dyscalculia deserve support!

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See in our link for today how kids with dyscalculia suffer in class. Don’t let them suffer, be proactive, get them tested, get them accommodations, find a tutor. Trouble with math should be taken seriously and a quick test will give information that could lead to avoiding a childhood with trouble at school.

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Arithmophobia or dyscalculia?

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A post from someone describing symptoms and who is wondering if this is dyscalculia or a phobia for arithmetic. Well our advice would be to go to https://dyscalculiatesting.com and take the math and dyscalculia screening test to get a better insight in what is happening.

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Our case for Dyscalculia Awareness well made

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The blog post in the link for today makes the point for awareness of Dyscalculia very good.

Teachers, educators, counselors, and parents, check out http://DyscalculiaAware.org for all the information and resources you’ll need. From an awareness course, a resource for parents who teach math and an online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test.

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More math anxiety than dyscalculia?

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Here is a Penn State Psychology prof who thinks that:

“Far more common than dyscalculia is math anxiety, which is sometimes associated with gender stereotypes,” Carlson said. “Because math is so heavily dependent on symbols, some people find equations to be intimidating. But with patience and practice, it’s possible to overcome this. Bottom line –— while there are individual differences in the ease of learning math, almost everybody is capable of learning it.”

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An online Dyscalculia Awareness Training

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Just launched one of our contributions to bringing awareness of Dyscalculia to all. Mainly educators and parents need to be aware of Dyscalculia and act as soon as they think a child may have a learning disability or specifically Dyscalculia.

Do the awareness training, fully online, five modules and a little test and you can get your certificate from the Dyscalculia Training Center.

The Dyscalculia Awareness Training is live at DyscalculiaAwareness.org

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Helping children with Math Homework

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Many parents help their children with Math Homework.

Now there is a very nice resource available to support them: Moms Teach Math

Dr. Schreuder explains in her own clear way what to do and what to say to help your child with Math. Lots of downloads filled with tips, explanations, activities and games.

It is not a course but a resource, go check it out.

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Anxiety in your genes?

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In a study, published today in Scientific Reports, researchers measured anxiety in a sample of more than 1,400 twin pairs aged 19 to 21 from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS).

All forms of anxiety showed a substantial genetic component, with DNA explaining over a third of the differences between people.

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