One
thing the current math education policies do not address is relieving math
anxiety. Many educators and policy makers talk about it, but do they really
have a solid plan for relieving it. The
common discussion is all about how math is taught, but what about the kind of
math that is taught. Some educators are
already implementing styles of teaching that relates to what students are
interested in. This is a step in the right direction, and this does increase an
interest in math education. Many
educators and even individuals have taken to the internet to provide lessons, practice,
discussion boards on math education and homework. When you look at all of these
education sites they all mostly just reflect the same things we teach in
schools.

Does this inspire students to learn
mathematics? Does this relieve math anxiety? One way to answer these questions
is to look at the students that are actively participating in these. Are they
doing better on tests? Maybe… We might
be improving scores in the small groups that are actively participating in
these online programs, but once again we have the question, are we relieving
math anxiety? Maybe to a small degree..

A simple way to relieve math
anxiety is to introduce students to simple math “tricks”, or other ways to
simplify or shorten the math calculations that most people only know one way to
do. I have already presented a couple of
these methods. Such as Long multiplication in Reverse also called left to right
multiplication, or multiplication without carrying. The “left-to-right” method
is a good trick which helps with mental math. Students can learn to answer more difficult
multiplication problems in their head with relative ease.

This
will make them more confident in their math skills. It will also change the way
their peers look at them. They will feel smarter and it will increase their desire
to be smarter by learning more about math. The “left-to-right” method is not the only “trick”
to make multiplication easy. There is also Russian Multiplication also known as binary multiplication. This method
is great because you don’t have to have the multiplication table memorized to
use it. You just simply have to double numbers and cut numbers in half and then
add.

All of these simple methods make
math easier to students, relieving their initial anxiety. With the many ways
that we can use to make math easier, we can teach a new “trick” every day. The whole point is to increase desire for learning
and relieve math anxiety. These are the
two main obstacles in helping children not only have better understanding of math,
but also to do better on tests.

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ReplyDeleteOne of things that makes Math harder is super scary, terror professors of the said subject. I am really not good in Math but I am really good when it comes to Science yet too bad that my course has so many Math subjects. Often I took remedial classes when I was on high school and college is not any better. I think the best way to make students have good grades is to make them realize that this subject and the prof won't really eat them alive.

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