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Math IS fun!

Math IS fun!

No, I am not being sarcastic. Math often gets a bad rap. It can be considered a four letter word! There was even a talking Barbie that exclaimed, “Math class is tough!” (You can read about the controversy here and even see her in action here.)

Are we bringing up a generation of kids who think they don’t like math at a time when math is key and so important? In my 20 years at Collaborative Classroom, I have had the opportunity to work with many folks, both young and old across the country. Many who suffer from math phobia. This phobia has impacted their entire lives. We have the opportunity in after school to have kids work together to solve real-life problems. How much do we need to buy for snack? How much money do we need to host an event? It is key that there is a reason the kids are using math to solve a problem.

We play a key role! I have learned over time that the folks who are the best at supporting math learning are those who struggled themselves because they understand the learning process. Check out this article that talks not only about how math anxiety develops but also how a teacher with math anxiety can pass it on to her students. This article solidifies so much of what I have been thinking for years and makes yet another case for the importance of doing math enrichment during out-of-school time. We have the flexibility during out-of-school time to allow kids to have fun with math and work together while solving problems-something that is happening less and less during the school day.

How are you helping to make math fun? Let’s raise a generation of kids who think “Math is FUN!”

For breakfast, I had Oatmeal Flakes from Trader Joe’s and a banana!

Author: @megangreen

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    A BIG THANK YOU for your sharing, Megan !!
    I have had a mal-nourished education in Maths. and know exactly where you are coming from.
    It was not until I took an-service course for a whole term that I saw the beauty and power of Maths., back in 1962 !
    You are certainly correct in identifying the bad ‘rap’ that this wonderful discipline receives in this country, and I suspect, yours—often through the media ‘pundits’.
    As it is almost midnight I really must get to bed, but what do you think of the concept of an informal ‘clearing house’ through which ideas and resources can be shared ? Thinking of MATHS. CLUBS, for example.
    Kind regards to you and yours,
    Kevin.
    KEVIN C. KINGSWELL
    78 years young
    SUPPLY TEACHER/HON. TUTOR/COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
    2/7 MILTON ST.,
    MARYBOROUGH
    QUEENSLAND 4650
    AUSTRALIA

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