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Math anxiety

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From: ---
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: May 01, 1998 at 11:50:01
Subject: Helping my 7th grader understand math

My 7th grade daughter just doesn't seem to be grasping math at all. We have 
tried everything. Her problem now of course is Algebra! She spends her lunch 
hour with her math teacher, goes to the lab once a week after school, and my 
husband has spent numerous hours trying to help her (he's really good with 
math too) and my daughter seems to understand when the teacher, my husband or 
anyone is going over it for the moment. But when it comes to taking test she 
just bombs out. Her homework papers are A's and B's but her tests are D-, and 

Does this sound like she has a learning disability that no one has detected 
yet? We know how bright she is because in every other subject she gets A's and 
B's. Is there something we are all missing, is there any other tool we should 
be using? My husband and I are just sooo frustrated and disappointed in her. 
How do we help her?


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