It's not new, but there is another article discussing math anxiety being passed from parents to students.
“The parents are not out to sabotage their kids,” said Sian L. Beilock, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Chicago and the author of “Choke,” about anxiety and performance. “But we have to ensure their input is productive. They need to have an awareness of their own math anxiety and that what you say is important.”
For example, she said, comforting a homework-distressed child, by saying, “ ‘I’m not a math person either, and that’s O.K.,’ is not a good message to convey.”
I love the bold line above.
There is a quiz for readers to take to test their math anxiety. Like most online quizzes it's awful.
I selected "Not Anxious At All" for 9 out of the 10 questions. For Learning a New Math Skill, I selected "A bit anxious" because going back to take differential equations sounds miserable. The results are hilarious. I'm glad the NYT brings up this important discussion, but the quiz is worse than Buzzfeed.
Besides seating charts, syllabi, books, supplies, and other administrative things, I have two tasks for students on the first day of school. Both of these would actually be great activities when spending time with family and friends.
As usual, summer went by incredibly too fast. People often ask me if I'm ready to go back to school. I love teaching, but if I could retire and travel the globe at 31, I'd absolutely do it.
Cooking: I made stuff, not as much as I'd like, but enough to be satisfied.
We traveled just a bit - Albany, Evansville, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
And we spent a lot of time at home. 4 month and 3 year olds are exhausting and fun!
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