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 –
- Focus math teacher training on pedagogy rather than concepts.
- Stop giving times math tests.
- Be careful when consoling students who are struggling.
Read the full article here – http://www.danielwillingham.com/daniel-willingham-science-and-education-blog/math-anxiety-article
In 2012, I challenged myself to read a children’s book each day of summer vacation and make a connection to mathematics. http://www.pinterest.com/DDibley/summer-reading-project-2012/ In 2013, I did the same thing, but I intentionally looked for children’s books that had a math connection. http://www.pinterest.com/DDibley/summer-reading-project-2013/
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. http://www.pinterest.com/DDibley/summer-reading-project-2014/
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 http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/25-ideas-to-diversify-reading-lists-this-summer/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29
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!!!