Math anxiety can interfere with a student's learning. Research has shown that a disproportionate number of pre-service elementary education students have math anxiety.
What types of activities do you use to address this?
I agree that for many students mathematics tests produce anxiety. The video
gives an example of a gateway Quantitative Reasoning course in which there are no tests. Instead assessment is project based.
Gregory D. Foley, PhD
Morton Professor of Mathematics Education
Department of Teacher Education, Patton College of Education
Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences (courtesy appointment)
MATH 1060: Quantitative Reasoning course co-coordinator
Chair, Executive board, Ohio Mathematics and Science Coalition (OMSC)
Author, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning: Mathematics for the World Around Us
Author, Precalculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic
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When I started teaching statistics at our college, I adapted a few journals/discussions which tend to the affective domain. The first one aims to get to know the students, then I have them learn about growth mindset and grit, and there is also a reflection on the first exam. It can help if we emphasize that everyone makes mistakes; sometimes, I allow a few additional points for corrections on the first exam. It also helps to promote the study cycle; it tells students that they can succeed with good planning and organization, hard work and effort, and focusing on knowledge (rather than the grade). (We had a workshop on this with Manisha in one of the recent faculty meet-ups).
The mindfulness strategy is vital for all of us - thank you so much, Manisha, for promoting mindfulness!... I look forward to learning about mindfulness and have truly enjoyed the workshop that you hosted.
Many thanks again,
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