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From: Andrea <aspcare@aol.com> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2001022315:17:10 Subject: Re: Helpful tip for parents/students I'm a 2nd year 8th grade teacher after a career change. I say this only so you take my suggestions in stride. I completely agree that math anxiety is lack of confidence, either in math or in test taking. Last year I worked with 2 very anxious students by taking the pressure off the testing situation. They received the same test, but only a few questions at a time, and were allowed to come back after school to take the remainder of the test. Over time, they received a page at a time (they were usually 2 page tests) then by the end of the school year they received the whole test. It was never easy for them, but there was improvement. I also had an interesting conversation with a student this year who does extremely poorly on tests. I asked her to describe how she takes tests, exactly what she does. Turns out she reads the whole test, all the problems, then starts to address them onebyone. She gets confused about what information applies to which problem!!! Next test I reminded her to read one at a time then work on it, then move on. She passed, which is a BIG improvement! What I'm learning is that you really have to help students verbalize where their difficulty is and then try to address that problem.
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