Math Anxiety

How to Conquer Math Anxiety with Technology

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Conquering Math Anxiety

For many students, math produces feelings of dread and anxiety. In the classroom and on tests, kids fear being humiliated if they come up with the wrong answer or don’t know how to solve a math problem. They feel pressured by their teachers, parents, peers, and time constraints. Math anxiety is a common and sometimes serious problem: it causes students' minds to go blank and their reasoning skills to be blocked by anxiety or even panic.

Trying to help students with math anxiety can be difficult. In order to build the foundation skills that breed confidence, students first need to learn solid math and analytical fundamentals. But, well-meaning teachers and parents who try to teach these skills to anxious students can sometimes compound the anxiety problem, especially if they use the same methods that didn't work before.

The first step toward helping students with math anxiety is to relieve some of the pressure. As long as they feel defeated before opening their math books, they're not going to learn anything new. Help them conquer math anxiety by presenting the material in a non-threatening way. Once the threat is gone, it will be easier to start the skill building process.

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Use Technology to Overcome Math Anxiety

One way to present math in a non-threatening way is by using the computer. Time4Learning offers computer-based instruction that can help reduce or solve math anxiety.

Specifically:

  • Lessons are student-paced, allowing students to repeat lessons as many times as they want until they've mastered a skill.
  • Lessons are presented in a sequential order in small chunks. Each lesson within a chapter builds on the last, which helps reinforce skills.
  • Students have access to one grade above and one grade below, allowing them to flip back to lessons from the previous year if they don't fully understand a concept.
  • Lessons are taught by animated characters in a highly visual, interactive manner. This helps bring the material to life and lets students engage with the material instead of memorizing it.
  • Activities provide alternative explanations, so if a student answers a question incorrectly the first time, the activity then will explain it in a different way.

Technology can open doors in a way that textbooks can’t, by creating an interactive learning experience that brings the material to life. And since computers have endless patience and don't judge, fear of humiliation becomes less of an issue, and a can-do state of mind replaces resistance.

Let Students Learn Math at their Own Pace

With Time4Learning, math lessons are student-paced. Students can progress through lessons at their own pace. Concepts (chapters) are broken down into bite-sized lessons that can be repeated as many times as necessary. Within each lesson, there are a number of activities that help teach the lesson. As lessons are completed, their icon appears with a green check mark as “completed.” Once all the lessons within a concept are completed, their icon appears with a gold star as “mastered.” Within each chapter, there is a quiz with questions covering each lesson.

Time4Learning math lessons are presented in sequential order using small chunks of information at a time. There are approximately 18 concepts (chapters) per grade level and dozens of activities per grade level. Each lesson in a chapter builds on what was learned in the previous lesson. For example, the 3rd grade Fractions & Decimals chapter is broken down into 9 lessons and a total of 25 activities among the lessons. As kids work their way through each activity and lesson, they receive immediate feedback telling them if their answer is right or wrong. The feedback is delivered with entertaining sound and visuals, including praise if the answer provided is correct. Many lessons also feature printable worksheets.

With Time4Learning, students have access to lessons for one grade above and one grade below. Your children can go forward or back one grade level for whichever lessons they want.

Technology Helps Bring Math to Life

Time4Learning math lessons are taught by engaging characters in colorful, fun activities. For example, the first lesson in the 3rd grade Fractions & Decimals chapter teaches “Parts of a Set or a Whole.” One of the activities within this lesson is “Frank’s Fraction Pizzeria.” Students are guided through the activity by Frank and his pizzeria employees. The entertaining voices and visuals bring math lessons to life, sparking students’ curiosity and imagination.

With Time4Learning, math lessons are taught by engaging characters in colorful, fun activities.

Here at Frank's Fraction Pizzeria, 3rd graders learn about "parts of a whole" from Frank and his employees.

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With Time4Learning, math activities provide alternative explanations. If a student answers a question incorrectly the first time, the activity then will explain it in a different way. In Frank’s Fraction Pizzeria, the activity shows different visual representations for the same concept (numerator and denominator of a fraction as pizza slices or as colored shapes).

Within each Time4Learning activity, students can use the repeat button to repeat explanations as often as necessary.

Technology Can Create a Can-Do Attitude Instead of Resistance

The Time4Learning Math Toolkit features a dozen tools that help students solve various kinds of math problems. Tools include Algebra Tiles, Base Ten Blocks, Calculator, Counters, Data Representation, Fractions, Geoboard, Coordinate Graphing, Number Line, Probability, Solid Shaper, and Transformation.

Math lessons using Time4Learning are effective because of the privacy, patience, and impartiality of the computer. Lessons can be completed in the privacy of your own home. Computers have endless patience and are non-judgmental, which promotes a can-do attitude in students instead of resistance. The use of computers for learning eliminates any potential negative aspects of teacher-student interaction, such as when a teacher is impatient or makes a student feel inadequate when they don’t excel in class.

Math Lessons that Correlate to State Standards

Time4Learning math lessons are research-based. They feature skill-building activities and instruction that align to state standards for all 50 states.

When students want to take a break from their lessons, they can choose from among 100 educational games to play on the Time4Learning playground. While students are having fun playing, they are also learning from games such as Tetris, Pacman, Air Hockey and more. Plus, parents can control their children's access to the playground and set time limits for visits.

The long list of benefits of Time4Learning math lessons enable students to engage with and more easily understand math concepts and procedures.

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