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Conquering math anxiety

from Scholastic Administration Magazine

Math is a lot less scary when you have a "fearless frog" at your side. To help her students feel less anxious about math, Jennifer Laib used a toy stuffed frog to talk about math fears. The K–8 math specialist at Driscoll School in Brookline, Massachusetts, asked second-grade students what it meant to be "fearless" in math. Students offered up concepts like "Ask questions" or "Believe you can do it." When students modeled those fearless traits, they were allowed to hold the fearless frog. The result: Kids were excited at the prospect of learning from their mistakes in math instead of fearing them. more

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