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Alison N Hale created this post

Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’

Nice article that ends with a call for growth mindset, rather than math anxiety.

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  1. Profile picture of <a href=Denice Robertson" />

    Denice Robertson

    I absolutely think that we encourage math anxiety (as teachers and parents) when we discuss challenges that we had or tell kids stories of our troubles. I love math, but know that neither of my kids does and wonder if somehow in my zeal to get them excited about math I was guilty of raising their anxiety. Or they just thought I was weird because I told them I loved math!

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    Jessica Joyner

    As the WP author introduces the post, I also can see myself in it.  Last week I was teaching biodiversity, I wanted the students to learn the components of determining an alpha diversity index. The activity starts off strong using 'randomly' assorted and selected M&Ms in the fun size bags and as a class we collect the number of colors in each bag.  The data is then used to calculate alpha diversity index, shannon-weiner; however, my resolve and confidence weakened as I explained the specific formula.  I found myself anxious about teaching it correctly and not wanting to loose the attention of my students because I was talking about mathematical details. Today, we meet as a class again and I will open up discussion about biodiversity to hopefully identify any student anxiety, confusion, or hopefully excitement about the models/math that helps explain ecological concepts.

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    Joy Buongiorno

    I love the idea of a growth mindset and reframing something that has always had negative connotations as something that provides an opportunity for growth. This article is not available for me, however, so I cannot read it. 

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