Archive for January, 2010

Math Anxiety: Pass it On?

January 26, 2010

Found this article in the Chicago Tribune about female math teachers passing on their math anxiety to femal students:

Wow. I always know that it was our love – or dread – for subjects that did it for our kids. No surprises. But it’s always interesting when my intuitions are confirmed by data.

Now, in my happy little world, someone can step up and work with those teachers and help them become more comfortable with math. Someone will allow them to see that numbers are fun, and that once we understand the way they work things come together. And in that happy world, those teachers, realizing their full impact, will welcome the opportunity to grow and change.