Anxiety and Math
08/15/2017
 Experts say math anxiety is a big problem in our country—and around the world. Even worse, we could be inadvertently be passing it on to our kids. 
 
Kristin Quick loves to read with her kids, but says she and math are not exactly old friends. “I was not very good at math growing up,” she remembers, “very timid about it.” 
 
In fact, equations and variables make her downright anxious. But now that she’s a mom, she’s determined not to let her attitude toward numbers influence her kids. 
 
“I don’t want them to have it as a stumbling block like I did,” she says. 
 
Researchers at the University of Chicago recently found that math anxiety can start as early as first grade and can lead to math avoidance that can last throughout the school years. 
 
“It can involve just not engaging in the math or thinking they’re not good at math,” says Susan Levine, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and one of the study’s authors. 
 
Experts say while most parents have no problems teaching reading, many shy away from math. And that less exposure can increase risk for math anxiety once kids go to school. And research shows when it comes to anxiety and performance, it’s a two-way street. 
 
“People who are worse at math tend to have higher math anxiety,” explains Levine. “At the same time, people who are math anxious tend to do worse in math at any level of ability.” 
 
So, what can parents do to raise confident kids? One study found using math apps might help. Researchers looked at one app called Bedtime Math. 
 
“It has a problem of the day,” says researcher Julianne Herts. “And at the bottom there are two different levels of questions that parents can answer with their children.” 

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This website is a first for me as a teacher, BUT I love integrating technology and plan on centralizing all the fun apps and sites we use throughout the year by fully utilizing this opportunity. Please,please ask questions (any questions), email me, offer up ideas, don't  be shy! The more you know the more we succeed. I also kindly ask that you be patient with this new endeavor as with most tech, we will experience some issues and naturally there will be a learning curve to take into account. And of course, this will not stop us from having a great year in the classroom and online!

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I am currently in my 5th year as a classroom teacher but I have worked in education for over 6 years. I love math, science, sports (especially BASEBALL), music (the guitar and my modest vocals will make an appearance in the classroom), fishing, and TEACHING...

Speaking of...this year I will be teaching 5th and 6th, and I am pumped about it. I believe will working in both grades will help us stay vertically aligned and on track which in turn will allow for us to be more efficient with our time as well as creative/collaborative in nature.  

 

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