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Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

Nov 5, 2018

Some of you may remember that I used to teach high school math in Brooklyn prior to opening our center which means that I'm still on the mailing lists of a lot of teacher-centric newsletters and blogs. Every so often I come across a wonderful article that shares a lot of insight for both teachers and parents that's perfect to share. 

The article, courtesy of The Conversation, and which can be read here, talks about math trauma - what is it, what causes it, and how to mitigate or entirely ameliorate its effects. In a nutshell, math trauma is "a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics." What I found so interesting is the assertion that one of the mainstays of what it means to be 'good' at math -- speed drills -- is in fact, creating a traumatic experience for too many kids. The author of the article details a far better way of learning -- a way that sounds a lot like what we do here at Mathnasium!

At Mathnasium Learning Centers, we teach math in a way that makes sense to kids by showing the how and why behind the math. Our students thrive with us for many of the reasons and best practices described in the article. I especially want to draw attention to the best part of the article - the suggestions to parents at the end to "do no harm." All kids, and all former kids (i.e. parents) can succeed in math. Stop by anytime and we'll be happy to show you how.

Enjoy the article, and happy mathing! 

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