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Making Friends With Failure

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No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recas
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Math anxiety can be caused by students simply always thinking they are going to fail. From this article I learned many ways to help students be okay with failing sometimes. This article gave me great methods that I can use in my future classroom. Students need to understand that failure will occur during learning. This failure can occur during an experiemnt, during trial and error, or simply when a student just does not understand a certain concept. By having students understand that failure is a part of life will lower test anxiety. There is a difference though between teaching a student that failure all the time is okay. Students will not fail all the time if they are trying their best. Yes, there will be times when things go wrong and they do not understand, but students need to be taught that it is our jobs as teachers to help them figure out new ways to learn that will allow them not to fail. When it comes to math failure will also take place. We need to teach out students that learning comes from failure. By failing we are able to better see what we need to change and what we do not understand. Maybe a student tried a certain math concept one way, but did not learn in that way. As a math educator we need to make sure that we are teaching students these concepts in multiple ways.

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Test anxiety: Why it is increasing and 3 ways to curb it

Test anxiety: Why it is increasing and 3 ways to curb it | Math Anxiety | Scoop.it
As any parent or teacher knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students–and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities. Here's what to do to get a grip.
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Standardized testing is linked to increasing test anxiety in students. We can't get rid of these tests so how can we help students deal with their anxiety? The first tip in order to prevent this from occuring is allowing the students to take ten minutes and writing down everything they know about what is being tested. Because they are so anxious their memory is being affected. If students are allowed to write these things down they are less likely to forget them during the test. The next tip is to affirm your values. A lot of students have anxiety because they are scared if they do fail they will be sterotyped. As a future teacher I plan to make sure that my students know tests are a way to see where you are and how I as a teacher can help you succeed. The last tip given in the article is to engage in relaxation excersises. Give students time to be calm and even teach them tips and strategies they can do at home to reduce their anxiety. I plan to do all of these things in order to help my future students cope with math anxiety.

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Math Attack!: Joan Horton, Kyrsten Brooker: Amazon.com: Books

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Math Attack! [Joan Horton, Kyrsten Brooker] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Each time her teacher asks, “What’s seven times ten?” a young girl experiences a severe case of arithmetic strain.
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Instead of just informing students about what math anxiety is and tips to deal with it, read your students a book so they can connect with characters about how they are feeling. Begin teaching students about math anxiety with something they can connect to more easily. This is something I plan on doing in my future classroom. Just in first grade I see that the students have math anxiety. Any time we give a math test the students become tense and some of them become upset. I think by reading a story simliar to this one students will be able to understand that other people have math anxiety as well and that it is okay. I also think that a book like this will give students tips and ideas on how to deal with math anxiety. In my future classroom I plan to take math anxiety on as a whole class. I want my students to be aware that they may feel like this and there are ways in order to not feel that way. I think in the lower grades a book that students can connect to is a great way to help them learn about math anxiety and how to get rid of it.

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Timed Tests and the Development of Math Anxiety | Jo Boaler

Timed Tests and the Development of Math Anxiety | Jo Boaler | Math Anxiety | Scoop.it
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Knowing that our students suffer from math anxiety is good, but we need to know why they have this anxitey. Timed tests are something that impacts this level of stress in students. In my classroom I want to be able to keep the amount of timed tests to a minimum. I do understand that students need to have practice with timed tests to get ready for standardized testing, but I do believe that students need to have full understanding of the concept before they are tested under a certain amount of time. This article makes it clear that test anxiety makes students not interested about math and makes them scared as well.This is something I plan to keep in mind when I am testing my students in math. When students are confident in the skill and I have taught them to the best of my ability the timed tests will be less stressful and then inturn have less of an impact on the students test anxiety.

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Schoolbook - Anxiety Attack: Conquering the Fear of Math

Schoolbook - Anxiety Attack: Conquering the Fear of Math | Math Anxiety | Scoop.it
Last year we met a 7-year-old girl we’ll call Zoey. A shy second grader who excelled at reading, Zoey’s parents and teachers were concerned about Zoey’s poor performance in math and her reluctance to do her math homework.
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"I think the anxiety stems from not really knowing what math is or what its like and not having a personal realtionship with it." Very interesting idea behind why some students are so anxious when it comes to math. This thought is something that made a lot of sense to me. If students were first taught math one way and one way only they may not have a true understanding of what math really is. As a future educator I plan on explaining this idea to my studnets from the get go. I want my students to understand what math is and why it is important. I also want my studnets to understand that they CAN do anything they put their mind to. In this article is also discussed how students who suffer from math anxiety need a lot of positive talk and reassurance. I think this is very true. In my mentor's classroom now I can tell that when a student starts to understand something and I tell them that they are doing an excellent job, they are so happy that I noticed their understanding and complimented them. By showing students that they can understand math allows them to take charge of their learning and push themselves to try even harder when it comes to math.

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