While perusing the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) website to learn about – go figure – what works for improving math instruction, I stumbled upon the gem of a document called Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Intervention in the Elementary Grades. You can download the document here. The name of the document is unfortunate because the title suggests it is […]

# Tag: math anxiety

When I meet someone new at a party and we exchange the customary small talk (“What about this weather?” or “How about those Giants?”), inevitably the question of what I do for a living comes up. Even before I share that I have been a middle school math teacher for 25 years, I can pretty […]

To prevent the rise of math anxiety in elementary students, teachers need confidence in their own conceptual understanding of the subject. For many students (and many adults), just hearing the word math can send a chill down their spine. I thought this was interesting, so I thought I would repost it here. Here is where I […]

We’re a math-traumatized people, Jo Boaler says (although she uses the British locution “maths-traumatized”). It’s a belief she sees confirmed in everything from students crying over long division to MRIs that reveal young brains reacting to numbers as if they were snakes or spiders. from Pocket Here is where I got this article from.

Math anxiety is a real thing, a new brain imaging study by Stanford researchers has confirmed. In a study in the journal Psychological Science, researchers found that there is increased activity in the brain region linked with fear in the brains of second and third graders with math anxiety. from Pocket Here is where I […]

If Levi Vaughan, a 5-year-old kindergartner in Braidwood, Ill., makes it through math class without a meltdown, it’s a good day. The transition to school has been tough in other ways for Levi, said Stefanie Vaughan, his mother, but math has been uniquely challenging. from Pocket Here is where I got this article from.

Maggie and Duane continue digging into the OECD report “Ten Questions for Mathematics Teachers…and how PISA can help answer them.” You can download the report here… http://www.oecd.org/publications/ten-questions-for-mathematics-teachers-and-how-pisa-can-help-answer-them-9789264265387-en.htm If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please Tweet us at @dhabecker and @pelelover1 Show notes at http://theothermath.com Question #4: What do we know about memorization […]

Today is January 1, 2018. When this blog post and podcast episode is published many of us will still be sleeping off the fun we had last night for New Year’s Eve. Maggie and I have been loving recording our episodes of Infinite Insights and we wanted to keep the momentum going during our Winter […]

It is hard to imagine that in this day and age – with all the new brain research, neuroscience, sophisticated studies at hand – that we still have to convince people that math anxiety is a real thing. This reminds me of a true medical story: In 1980 an Australian doctor[1] discovered that (and proved […]

Our future depends on mathematical thinking, but math trauma extends across our country – and the world – due to the ineffective ways the subject is often taught in classrooms, as a narrow set of procedures that students are expected to reproduce at high speed. from Pocket Here is where I got this article from.