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The Causes and Prevention of Math Anxiety

A great article by noted author Marilyn Curtain-Phillips on the causes and prevention of math anxiety.
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Students suffer math anxiety when they do not feel successful in mathematics. This article discusses many reasons for this and then brings forward some strategies for overcoming anxiety and fear, like scaffolding lessons, using cooperative groups, providing practical applications, using humor, and teaching to different learning styles. "Math must be looked upon in a positive light to reduce anxiety." It is up to us teachers to figure out how we can make math fun, and useful! 


"Math is often associated with pain and frustration." This statement sums up my feelings toward math when I was in school. I hope to change or influence student's opinions about math so they have positive dispositions. 


Read this article! An extremely good read!

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MATH – Encouraging Accountable Talk During Math CCSS Aligned Classroom Resources from cokerfamily6 on TeachersNotebook.com (27 pages) - Accountable talk is discourse by teachers and students about...

MATH – Encouraging Accountable Talk During Math CCSS Aligned Classroom Resources from cokerfamily6 on TeachersNotebook.com (27 pages)  - Accountable talk is discourse by teachers and students about... | Creating a Mathematical Community | Scoop.it
MATH – Encouraging Accountable Talk During Math CCSS Aligned Classroom Resources from cokerfamily6 on TeachersNotebook.com (27 pages) - Accountable talk is discourse by teachers and students about academically relevant content.
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This would be a great resource in my classroom. I am thinking about buying this. Accountable talk is discourse by teachers and students about academically relevant content. Accountable talk supports reasoning skills and improves students’ abilities to communicate their thinking. "Accountable talk moves engage all students by creating a safe, supportive learning community where students can practice giving and receiving feedback." Students need practice using acedemic language in math, and this is a great resource to use. it will help students learn, understand, and use math vocabulary! Also, oral language opportunities are very beneficial, and students can learn to explain their thinking all while engaging in conversations with their peers. 

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These Gorgeous iPad Notes Could Lead to the Paperless Classroom -- THE Journal

These Gorgeous iPad Notes Could Lead to the Paperless Classroom -- THE Journal | Creating a Mathematical Community | Scoop.it
Taking notes in class and at conferences just got a whole lot more and fun. Check out these striking examples and learn how innovative educators are using them effectively.

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Using iPads in the classroom isvery relevant to students. Technology is something they use everyday, and finding ways to incorporate them wth math will be engaging. 

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 15, 2013 5:03 AM

Great one.

John McDermott Neill's curator insight, December 18, 2013 4:59 AM

The idea of taking notes in a different form rather than linear and adding drawings will appeal to the visual teacher or earner.

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10 things I love about using iPad's in my classroom

10 things I love about using iPad's in my classroom | Creating a Mathematical Community | Scoop.it
Introducing one-to-one iPad's into classrooms has become one of the hottest topics of conversation. I thought I would share with you the benefits I see of this new form of technology in schools. Th...
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Students can use iPads to search for information, but also play math games that are relavent to what we are learning about. Most importantly, students enjoy using technology. It's relavent to their age group, and they know how to use ipads.

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Math Chat Speech Bubbles Encouraging the development and exchange of ideas, Math Chat helps to support a social learning environment for students, creating a community which fosters encouragement, respect, and the exchange of ideas.
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Helpful reminders around the room will encourage students to use math vocabulary, as well as expland their thinking. Math bubbles displayed around the room can act as a reminder and can be used as a guide during classwork, but also used during quizzes and tests. A bubble that says "This makes me think about...." allows students to make connections. A bubble that says "I disagree because..." allows for students to respectfully disagree, and offer a counter argument. A bubble that says "I think this because..." allows for students to verbalize their ideas, and to explain their thought processes.Math Chat can engage students, encourage them to learn more, and allows for the exploration of ideas, strategies, procedures, and facts. 

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Math Homework Review: Peer Teaching

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Watch how you can use student peer teaching in your classroom to help all students become experts on topics. Peer teaching is a strategy that celebrates student strengths and address student learning gaps.
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Peer homework review allows for students to learn and practice math in a low stress environement. It may also encourage students to complete their homework so that they can engage in group conversations. Students are held more accountabe for their work, and can take ownership. Sometimes peers have a way of explaining things in a different way, one that may be better understood. In addition, for my ELL students it encourages oral language development.

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TpT Math Lessons

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Awesome way for students to collaborate about math: using written words in a journal, discussing with a classmate, and demonstrating using manipulatives. 

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Great way to combine math, and writing. Students will keep math journals, and use problem solving strategies, as well as written words to explain solutions. Students can discuss entries with classmates. (Think Pair Share)

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Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel

Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel | Creating a Mathematical Community | Scoop.it
For Common Core resources, teacher videos, strategies and lesson plans, go to Teaching Channel. Find great ideas and strategies in classroom teaching videos covering Math, Science, English, History and more.

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Great resources for Math, and other subjects too!

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Amy Burns's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:28 PM

Videos, lesson plans and more based on CC and searchable by grade level and subject.