Browsing All posts tagged under »math anxiety«

Un-universal design for learning

June 28, 2021


Yea, that’s what I’m having now wiht our “math literacy.” And I know their argument. Hey!!! It’s LIKE THAT IN THE REAL WORLD. My argument is the same: we want them to LEARN this so that they can deal with the confusing aspects in the real world. To wit: ALEKS has a series of problems […]

Help before class :)

January 13, 2017


New student today:   no, he’s not enrolled for the spring.  That’ll be fall.   He’s done some college but … math was the dealbreaker.    Anxiety. Yes.   He can come in here, we can have a reading and a math ‘course.’  YES I want to make an online “course” for exactly this “I’m […]

“Help outside class”

January 12, 2017


On twitter, Michael Pershan noted that it’s taken him 3 years to figure out how to get students help outside class. This made several thoughts gel in my feeble brain, the biggest one being that ‘help outside’ is vastly underrated and a huge equity issue. I think we don’t want students to need help outside […]

Why leave the visuals behind?

June 6, 2016


On my twitter feed, Steve Wyborney posted an awesome little graphic which I am stealing and posting below:  He asks that if somebody uses it in K-2, to “take a pic of your board and send my way!” Then there’s the awesome Donna Boucher who has all kinds of resources on her site for making […]

Is memorisation a good strategy?

March 31, 2016

0;jsessionid=31h5ad0xxb10g.x-oecd-live-03    “PISA finds that 15-year-olds commonly use memorisation to learn mathematics. But if you think memorisation is most widely used in the East Asian countries that share a Confucian heritage and are “known” for rote learning, think again. Fewer 15-year-olds in Hong Kong-China, Japan, Korea, Macao-China, Shanghai-China, Chinese Taipei and Viet Nam reported that […]

The anxious voice…

March 28, 2016


So I was really happy with how my overall patience had been going until one of my anxious souls came in and dang it, my voice went right into that which manifests  “you’re just being anxious! Can’t you just cut that out???”    nonverbal message which, by the way, is profoundly ineffective.   What helps? […]

Example of math thinking that some people haven’t learned

February 22, 2015


People often preach that even if we’re never going to use math in real life, learning it teaches problem solving and analytical thinking.   HOwever, almost nobody ever goes on to, say, give an example of that thinking that would be useful, which in my mind classifies it as a platitude. I’m going to try […]

The difference between you and me…

October 30, 2014


This is inspired by a teacher frustrated that her Alg.2 students tripped over x – .25x. I remember being one of those students.   I looked at that problem and it made. no. sense. This was one of many, many times though that had I the too common mindset, I’d have gone down a “math makes […]

Is there an echo in here?

August 17, 2014


Just another example of “No, people are supposed to be terrified of numbers!” on NPR this morning. 4:30 Will Shortz introduces this weeks “number puzzle,” a “not very hard” one, in his words. The puzzle has a six-ring target with assorted numbers that you’d score for hitting it, which I don’t recall. (I think […]

Back Float III

June 2, 2014


Somebody  clicked on my “like a back float” post from 2011.  I didn’t think about that when I was having my mad struggles in Lab 5 of Java II, but it is yet another reason to consider the value of “struggle” carefully.    When somebody’s trying to learn a back float and gets scared, they […]