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Students don't like math

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From: Ralph (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Nov 23, 2003 at 10:58:46
Subject: Re: Students don't like math

Hi Sokcha, Thanks for writing to T2T. It's terrific that you've chosen to pursue a career as a teacher of mathematics. There are many rewards, but, as you've already discovered, a few challenges as well. As a "going-to-be math teacher", you'll find that you will be dealing with many students who will openly tell you that they dislike/fear math, that it is their least favorite subject, that they "hate" it, etc. The causes/reasons are many and complex, but there are some resources that will help you learn more about dealing with such students. One resource that you will DEFINITELY want to be aware of and make use of is the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: http://www.nctm.org There you will find a wealth of resources to support you as a teacher of mathematics. Hope this helps, -Ralph, for the T2T service And, Relating particularly to the issue of dealing with students who are "math anxious," check out the Forum's Internet Mathematics Library, which has a whole category all about Home : Math Ed Topics : Teaching Issues/Strats : Psych/Affective http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/psych_affective/ - Richard, for the T2T service

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