The YAY MATH video project is a free service dedicated to meeting the growing need for math success in a POSITIVE, LIVELY, and CONFIDENCE BOOSTING way.
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Although the videos and resources on this website are geared towards high school math, I think that all educators can learn a lot by watching his videos. This teacher takes math anxiety head on and tackles it in an unusual and creative way. Although I do not think that I would be able to dress up in costumes for math lessons, especially because math is in the middle of our day, I think the high positive energy and principles behind yaymath are great. I want to bring his kind of energy and positivity to my math lessons to help students feel comfortable and excited to learn math. In his TedxTalk video about math anxiety he stated that the first step to becoming successful at math, is overcoming the anxiety that many people associate with it. I think that he has done a great job in his classroom doing this and I hope that I can find something of this level that is more applicable to an elementary school math setting to work for my students.
This website is useful for a number of reasons. It has a lot of great resources for math in general, but also has a whole section for math anxiety. It allows students to take a math anxiety quiz and gives them helpful tips on how to combat the anxiety. I like the idea of adding rules about math time to the general classroom rules at the beginning of the year. I think that this would set the tone for math time for the rest of the year and let students know that its ok. Providing students with this resource would really empower them to take charge of their own learning. It also supports their metacognition because they are thinking about how they are thinking and feeling about math and why they feel this way. Metacognition is a big focus in MCPS right now and is even a grade on the report card, so this website really lends itself to our new curriculum.
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This website has great tips for teachers to help alleviate math anxiety in students. The article discusses the importance of creating a stress free learning zone during math time. This takes the pressure off of students and allows them to work through problems and practice without the fear of being penalized for making a mistake. It also talks about how important it is for teachers to be coaches. This means that we need to guide students and give them plenty of practice time before they are expected to perform on their own. As a new teacher I will strive to incorporate the tips from this article into my teaching.
Milford Mirror Counting on the Common Core Delmarva Now Educators also know that without a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, students may be able to pass a math test at one point in time; however, over time, the same students may forget...
Julie Price's insight:
This article is a great read for all teachers and aspiring teachers about how the new common core math curriculum is going to make math more accessible for students. It discusses the many different ways that the new common core allows for students to build a deeper understanding in problem solving skills. This means that teachers will no longer be giving students the "right way" to solve a problem, but rather giving students the tools and strategies and letting them choose what works best for them. It also involves including real world applications for students to help engage them and make the math they are learning meaningful. These are the types of activities I am going to focus on in my math classroom.
I think that this is an awesome resource for parents about the new Common Core State Standards. It provides great ideas for ways that math can be accessible at home. I will use this in my classroom to give to parents as a resource. It also has some good ideas that we as teachers could consider using as meaningful homework assignments. I really like how this resource points out the shift in mathematical thinking and how it is important for parents to be aware of it.
Price list and associated addition and subtraction word problems to practice written calculation methods and calculations with money.All sheets are easily adaptable to change prices and names as appropriate.
Julie Price's insight:
I thought that these resources would be great for making meaningful homework assignments that would allow students to see the real world applications for math. These could even be used in the classroom as activities. I like that you can even change the name of the restaurant and the prices to match local restaurants, which also allows for an authentic context.
This is a very powerful talk that every educator should watch. I never thought about the physiological affects that anxiety has on our body and how it affects our ability to do math. He talks about the problem of people "blanking out" and the implications it has for students. I see this happen to my students frequently throughout different math lessons. I never made the connection before watchng this video that "the blanking effect" had to do with math anxiety because I thought that when students were rasing their hands they were not nervous. One of the most important points that I think he makes in this video is that math needs to be positive and fun to help alleviate students stress and allow them to feel comfortable. "If anxiety and fear equals no math, then laughter and fun equals yay math." He also states that math needs to be genuine and authentic for students. This goes along with what we have been talking about this semester in our class. Genuine and authentic math not only engages students, it helps relieve their stress and anxiety
Calming Math Anxiety in Elementary School Students
Julie Price's insight:
This article had some great points about math anxiety that I have not thought about before. It talks about how girls tend to have more math anxiety than boys. It is important to keep this in mind as a teacher because we need to make sure that all of our students are feeling comfortable in the classroom. This website also offered interactive online lessons for students to learn math in an anxiety free environment. Although I would not have students complete these lessons, they provide good resources for interactive activities to do with students that I could use in my lessons.
This is really helpful for me as a developing teacher to read about the causes of math anxiety. I now have a deeper understanding of how and why students develop math anxiety and why it is so important to stop the cycle of anxiety in the primary grades. I want math time to be something my students look forward to, not something they dread and fear. This article suggests including cartoons, humor, pictures, and other things relatable to students when introducing a topic so that the math is being connected to something that students enjoy. It also states that allowing students to work in cooperative pairs greatly reduces math anxiety because students can use each other's ideas and talk through the math as they are practicing it. We often allow students to work in pairs in my placement classroom and I can already see how this time benefits students. The article also says that allowing younger students to use manipulatives helps alleviate math anxiety in students while also allowing them to see abstract concepts in a concrete way. I will use many of these useful tips to relieve math anxiety in students.
I love this website. I think that it provides so many important points and great tips for developing a positive and lasting relationship with students. One of the points that I really like from this article is knowing what to overlook. I think that not pointing out every mistake a child makes is important, especially in math. Instead we need to try to help students redirect their thinking so that they can learn through their mistakes and work through the process. I am going to keep as many of these tips in mind when I am developing a safe and inviting learning community in my classroom. Another important point that this article makes in the importance of "modeling the challenge of convention." This is important as we move to CCSS because they way that we are teaching students math and the way that they are learning it are much different than what was traditionally done in the past. I think all teachers should read this article.
I love this article and I think that it highlights a lot of what we have talked about in our math methods course. Changing the focus of math from just mundane arithmitic to broader, project based types of assignments would really open students eyes to how fun and creative math can be. I think that the new curriculum 2.0 in MCPS is a step in this direction with math. I want to create the culture of learning described in this article in my classroom and make math time fun AND meaningful at the same time. It was also interesting to read some of the other comments made to the editor. They show that we are really at a crossroads with how people believe math should be taught in schools.
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