Hi to everyone out there,
I'm currently writing an essay regarding the teaching of mathematics and because it's a personal essay we can draw on our own experiences or the experiences of others. So, I know that I have maths anxiety, I always felt like I was naturally drawn to English based subjects (reading, writing, spelling, history, etc) because I just didn't have a 'Maths Brain' but from what I've been reading, my negative outlook on maths may have been significantly altered had my learning experiences as a child been different. In other words, the way in which maths was taught when I was at school resulted in an anxiety toward the subject itself.
So I was just wondering for all those people who claim they hate maths or feel like they just don't have a maths brain like me....
1. Do you think something could have been done differently when you were at school which would have drastically reduced your dislike for mathematics?
2. Do you think if your teachers had a positive outlook on mathematics and used "real world" scenario's, you would have been able to process the information more effectively?
3. In general, what are your feelings toward maths?
and just so you don't feel left out, For all the people who LOVE maths and LOVED it in school..
1. Where do you feel this positive approach to mathematics comes from?
2. Do you remember a teacher who did an amazing job teaching mathematics and if so what did they do which makes them stand out?
and heck...if there are any parents out there who are struggling with helping their kids out with their maths homework feel free to voice some of your opinions, has maths 'changed' since you were learning and what are some of the difficulties your experiencing in helping out with homework (if any)?