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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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