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Math Can Be Understood By All

Math can be a very stressful time for many students, and it leads to anxiety and dislike for the subject.  Consequently, they feel inadequate and “not smart”.

“In a recent study of 150 first and second graders, researchers measured students’ levels of math anxiety, finding that children as young as first grade experienced it and that levels of math anxiety did not correlate with grade level, reading level, or parental income. Other researchers analyzed brain- imaging data from . . . seven- to nine-year old children while they worked on addition and subtraction problems and found that those students who ‘felt panicky’ about math had increased activity in brain regions associated with fear. When those areas were active, decreased activity took place in the brain regions that are involved in problem solving. (Boaler)”

Math should not strike fear.  We try to teach our children language since very young by engaging them in conversations and thus, enlarging their understanding and vocabulary.  Math is no different.  We should not wait until our children reach grade 1 or 2 and learn math concepts.

Math is a multifaceted subject that can be taught in a multitude of ways

At Mathnasium of Lakeview, we believe that numerical fluency is the key to not only solving mathematics problems but also truly understanding math and its beauty.  We try to make sense of the operations we teach through conversations related to our students’ lives and reason with them in order for them to not simply memorize.  Memorization comes with practice, but students should not rely on it to have number sense.  They need to understand numbers, their relationships, how they can compose and decompose them in order to manipulate them at will.

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About the author
Erena Shkodra
Erena Shkodra
With more than fifteen years experience as a teacher, primarily an elementary teacher of grades 1 to 6, Erena excels at helping students who struggle with math. She has a Bachelor of Education diploma (OCT), Intermediate Math qualifications, Montessori Elementary Teacher certification, and a B.A. with a major in English Literature and Grammar. Following her Orton-Gillingham teacher training, she mentored and tutored students with Dyslexia and ADHD, to not simply catch up but to exceed expectations.