Giving Compass’ Take:
• Education Dive discusses ways to encourage and support students in math and different methods in doing so.
• What can parents do at home to support their children in these courses?
• Here’s an article on how most American students experience math anxiety.
When students struggle in math instead of getting the support they need, they often decide that they aren’t good in the subject or that they aren’t a “math person.” Such students sometimes quietly slip toward the back of a classroom, stop raising their hands and no longer have the motivation to try. That scenario plays out in schools every day, but the sooner educators recognize that students are stuck, the sooner they can introduce new strategies to help students understand the concepts and stay on track.
With math, teachers — especially at the elementary level — might also be revealing the trepidation they have for the subject themselves. As Education Dive reported in 2018, teachers who aren’t comfortable with math may also have trouble teaching the subject and may be projecting their discomfort to students — whether they realize it or not. Professional development for teachers then is important, to build teachers’ confidence in the subject area so that they have the expertise to help students acquire the skills they will need to move on to higher-level math.
Read the full article about encouraging math by Lauren Barack at Education Dive.
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