A team of researchers led by UChicago psychologists Sian Beilock and Susan Levine found that children of math-anxious parents learned less math over the school year and were more likely to be math-anxious themselves—but only when these parents provided frequent help on the child’s math homework. – See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/08/10/parents-math-anxiety-can-undermine-children-s-math-achievement#sthash.tRINI4Xy.gh0WKHuz.dpuf
Great article about the origins and consequences of math anxiety. The story of a girls who gets humiliated by her math teacher and the follow up over the years. Tips and referrals to resources included, a great read.
Stanford University’s Jo Boaler says teachers and parents should stop using math flash cards, stop drilling kids in addition and multiplication and especially stop forcing students to do calculations quickly under time pressure.
Good-bye Mad Minute Mondays, where teachers hand out quiz sheets with 50 problems to be completed in less than a minute. But wait – doesn’t everyone have to learn times tables? No, says Boaler.
Although her position is unorthodox, Boaler, an education professor and researcher, has spent a career trying to prove why it is the best way for kids to learn.
Fear of math represents not personal failure or a missing gene but wrongheaded “one-size-fits-all” ways of teaching. That, at least, is the theory behind a quiet revolution in math education incubated in the Bay Area that is exciting teachers even more than an elegant proof of the Pythagorean theorem.
A vanguard of math instructors is embracing ideas developed by two Stanford professors to reform math instruction. more HERE
Pamela Price writes a very nice post over on the “redwhiteandgrew” blog about how to overcome math anxiety. illustrated with some videos, you’ll be sure to get some good ideas on how to work with your child on math anxiety.
A great initiative in the UK where a school district organizes classes for parents who want to help their children with their math homework. For many parents their math classes are long ago and methods have been changed. A refresher may just be what they need.
Read all about it HERE also check out the options HERE and HERE
In our link for today a wonderful article that explores why many children do not like math. One of the better quotes:
One child wrote “Maths is like chocolate cake” which at first glance appears to be most positiveuntil you read further as to why she felt this way. She went on to say, “Maths is like chocolate cake –because if you have too much you will get sick!”.
Research tells us that working on your math skills will have results, just saying “bad at math” is not enough. People with dyscalculia have the same opportunity, they just need to get the math taught in a different way.
A study in Math anxiety among students across various majors is presented.
Math anxiety is a phenomenon that has increased over the 20th century, especially in the US.While emotional and disease models have been used to explain the experience, social learningtheories have increasingly been used to explain causality. The cost of math anxiety is high forsocieties because career choices, including those that rely on higher education, can be influencedby its presence.
Bill Yates posted a great story about the markers for Math Anxiety and how they relate to other conditions. Remarkably the Math Anxiety seems not related to IQ, working memory, reading or mathematics achievement. Read up on the rest of this interesting research.
A team (The lead author is UChicago PhD candidate Gerardo Ramirez. Joining he and Beilock in the work are UChicago postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth Gunderson and Susan Levine, the Stella M. Rowley Professor in Psychology.) showed that a high degree of math anxiety undermined performance of otherwise successful students, placing them almost half a school year behind their less anxious peers, in terms of math achievement.
Dyscalculia comes in many forms, hence there is no silver bullet to cure it. The link we provide you today breaks it down in many small pieces. As you can see from the list, some are categories that really tie Dyslexia and Dyscalculia together. If someone can not understand or read the assignment, how can we then expect them to provide an answer that is only remotely good?
There are more sites that offer help with doing math or algebra but today in our link we share an exchange from someone who keeps the spirit and is determined to get as far as possible in understanding math.
A great overview article about Dyscalculia has appeared on sheknows.com, a parenting website. They go over the general description of Dyscalculia and offer some practical advice and options for further reading. Links to math games are also included. Great initiative.
As many as 2 million children are believed to be affected by maths anxiety, so why is it still so poorly understood?
Maths anxiety, a feeling of fear about maths, is believed to affect about a quarter of the population, which would equate to more than 2 million schoolchildren in England alone, along with thousands of teachers. Many of us are familiar with that blind panic when faced with a maths problem we can’t fathom, but maths anxiety isn’t always recognised or understood.
MY DAUGHTER Flora was just six when she announced that she didn’t understand a thing in maths lessons at school. We raised it at the next parents’ evening and were reassured that her maths was fine, but we began to notice that she sometimes made wildly illogical guesses when attempting basic addition and was easily confused by anything numerical.
She was also getting upset about maths at school, but the more her teachers tried to reassure us that she was doing well, the more Flora insisted she didn’t let them see that she spent maths lessons copying other children.
It wasn’t until she moved to a new school two years later that her difficulties were identified, revealing such a vast gulf between her attainment in numeracy and in literacy that we suspected she could have dyscalculia, a kind of dyslexia with numbers.