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How to Reduce Math Anxiety

Strategies to help overcome math anxiety
The alarm sounds, telling you it's time to get up and greet the day, but as you slowly wake from your slumber and wipe the sleep from your eyes, a familiar feeling of dread rushes through you in an overwhelming wave. It's test day--and even though you've studied for hours and scored fairly well on practice exams and homework assignments, doubts assail you and make you question whether or not you're really ready for algebra. Math Anxiety is defined as “the panic, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganization that arises among some people when they are required to solve a mathematical problem." A common phenomenon that affects many, math anxiety is related to performance anxiety and is likely to extend far outside of the classroom if not recognized and proactively managed.
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6 Summer Math Activities for Kids of Any Age

Summer is upon us and students across the country are getting a well-deserved break from the rigors of academia. The pleasant weather and time off make summer a favorite season for children and adults alike, but learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is on summer break. The dreaded “summer slide” in learning impacts all students, with low-income students feeling the biggest hit – losing 2.5 to 3 months of grade level equivalency over the summer months. The impact of summer learning decay is felt largely in mathematics, setting some students up for failure once they go back to school in September. But all hope is not lost. Aside from alternatives to traditional summer learning programs (i.e., online math programs), students can continue to think mathematically over summer break by turning everyday activities into math-learning opportunities.
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Summer Math Activities for Kids

As we discussed in a previous post, the typical American student enjoys a three-month break from school for summer vacation, providing well-deserved rest from the rigors of academia. But studies suggest the summer fun may also come at a price. According to a 2011 study by researchers at the RAND Corporation called “Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning,” summer break – albeit necessary and beneficial in many aspects – could potentially set some students back two to three full months of grade-level equivalency if not supplemented with additional summer learning support. The RAND study also indicates that the summer slide is more pronounced in mathematics, a subject in which learning decay occurs more rapidly over summer vacation simply because of math inactivity. Students may read over summer vacation, but few practice their math skills.
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