Here is a link to an article on Math Anxiety.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/05/18/31math_ep.h30.html?tkn...
I have noticed in my classroom that students with higher levels of anxiety are the also very focused on their grades.
I think the ideas that Algebra 4 All promote - math talk community, focus on understanding, function family approach and discussing the big picture helps to relieve some of the stress.
What do you think?
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This is extremely important research. But if we really want Algebra 4 All, we need to be doing much more to support and prepare elementary school teachers. At UM-Flint I am proud to say that preservice elementary teachers will all be getting eight cutting edge math education courses. The norm in the U.S. is just two courses. No wonder there is an epidemic of math anxiety in this country.
This is extremely important research. But if we really want Algebra 4 All, we need to be doing much more to support and prepare elementary school teachers. At UM-Flint I am proud to say that preservice elementary teachers will all be getting eight cutting edge math education courses. The norm in the U.S. is just two courses. No wonder there is an epidemic of math anxiety in this country.
“People are very happy to say they don’t like math,” said Sian L. Beilock, a University of Chicago psychology professor and the author of Choke, a 2010 book on brain responses to performance pressure. “No one walks around bragging that they can’t read, but it’s perfectly socially acceptable to say you don’t like math.” How true is this! When I taught sixth grade I had a couple parents tell me that they couldn't do math and don't send any homework home because it won't get done. It is socially acceptable for students and parents to say that they can't do math.
Another discussion in the article I liked was the part that talks about the role teachers have. If a teacher is "afraid" of math or doesn't like it, students can sense this. If it is ok for the teacher not to like it, then it is definitely ok for the students not to like it, right? Teachers need to help students understand and become comfortable with the importance of mathematics.
I agree with you Claudia that Algebra 4 All does promote math and helps relieve stress for those that use it. My only concern is do the families, teachers, and students who are stressed by mathematics use this site?
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