Math Anxiety

What can teachers do to reduce math anxiety?  According to Daniel T. Willingham (University of Virginia) and Sian L. Bellock (University of Chicago), we should -

  1. Focus math teacher training on pedagogy rather than concepts.
  2. Stop giving times math tests.
  3. Be careful when consoling students who are struggling.

Read the full article here –

Summer Reading Project – 2014

In 2012, I challenged myself to read a children’s book each day of summer vacation and make a connection to mathematics. In 2013, I did the same thing, but I intentionally looked for children’s books that had a math connection.

This summer, I’m going to focus on multicultural literature for children.  I will also look for web resources and write math problems to go with each book.

So far, I’ve found two resources to help me identify books.  Good Books Good Math: Integrating Multicultural Literature and Mathematics Problem Solving, 1991,  Jenkins, M., Lehmann, L., Maas, J., Marten, B., Wells, K., Woods, P. Madison Metropolitan School District:  Madison Wisconsin.  25 Books that Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists this Summer

Reflection and Keep in Touch

As you are wrapping up the year, I hope you are able to take some time to reflect on the past year.

  • What are some highlights of your year?
  • Where were some challenges this year?
  • What did you learn this year?

I plan to continue posting throughout the summer, although I know myself well enough to know that it won’t be on a regular basis.  Here are some other ways to connect.

Have a fantastic summer!!!



Last week I shared a summer math opportunity for students and teachers.  Here are some additional resources to help students use their math skills over the summer months.

The Math Coaches Corner has a document with links to various interactive websites
Here is a link for some summer math packets compiled by the math coaches at The Lamphere Schools in Madison Heights, Michigan.
The packets include a calendar with daily activities, book lists, and games for each grade level.
Last week I share a summer math opportunity for students and teachers.  Here are some additional resources to help students use their math skills over the summer months.

Summer Opportunity

Jo Boaler is offering a free class for students How to Learn Math: For Students. You can get more information and register for the class here

You can register yourself, for your own information.  You can register your children and work through the class with them.  You can send the information home with your students so families can access the resource from home. The class starts June 17.



Here is an activity that will work with a variety of abilities and covers many skills and concepts.  

I found the idea here

Basically you have a “Guessing Jar,” you might want to consider a more mathematical term, “Estimation Jar,” that you fill with objects. Each student estimates how many objects are in the jar and writes their estimation on a piece of paper (writing numerals).  Line up the estimates in order from least to greatest (number sequence). Then count the items in the jar, using 10- frames to organize the items (counting, structuring, place value).  Repeat another day with different objects.  You can extend the activity by asking questions such as, “What if the jar was only half full? What if we had two jars? What if the jar was twice as big?” Also, if you do the activity more than once, you can ask, “Will there be more or less than last time?”