tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post7605832860996211448..comments2020-08-09T05:18:39.136+01:00Comments on Resourceaholic: Maths AnxietyJo Morganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comBlogger18125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-37366689970709994192017-04-21T14:21:23.453+01:002017-04-21T14:21:23.453+01:00It's so reassuring to read this just before I ...It's so reassuring to read this just before I go back to school next week to teach topics I have never taught before (I'm a trainee). I've come into teaching after a career in the private sector and do find being 'a conscious incompetent' difficult! I'm lucky in that I don't generally get flustered in front of the class (it must be my age) if I make a mistake or say Helena Mandlebergnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-13054941065329643322017-04-19T11:54:07.314+01:002017-04-19T11:54:07.314+01:00True. I think this works wonderfully for some prob...True. I think this works wonderfully for some problems, less so for others. In the proof example I gave, the teacher met a dead end and probably wasn't going to have a flash of inspiration without a hint. Given the time constraints of the lesson and the need to keep students engaged, deep thinking in front of students doesn't always work. But for some problems and contexts, I totally Jo Morganhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-68982097237666805702017-04-19T10:42:50.350+01:002017-04-19T10:42:50.350+01:00Thinking about the 'I have no idea how to do t...Thinking about the 'I have no idea how to do this question' anxiety, I reckon we should be modelling this MORE for our students. We tend to show them the procedure but, because we already know what procedure will work, we don't model how to identify it. Making explicit the whole thinking process of 'Could I try this? Could I try that? what happens if I generate a few examples? Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02448051856791291955noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-39634431153844096482017-04-19T10:36:38.018+01:002017-04-19T10:36:38.018+01:00Thank you as always for your articles. I have been...Thank you as always for your articles. I have been teaching GCSE maths to resit students in a small FE college (small classes & 121 sometimes). Inspiring these students is the most important. I practice all my questions beforehand and often have answer sheets ready for them to self check, because I know I am not good at multi-tasking. But confidence and enthusiasm and very occasionally a Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17051696287426278309noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-37046667957237631592017-04-19T07:05:48.974+01:002017-04-19T07:05:48.974+01:00I don't know that conversion either! But we...I don't know that conversion either! But we're mostly metric in maths lessons here! I'd google that one in front of the class. I do that sometimes. It's good for them to see us looking things up. Jo Morganhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-57946152479405452782017-04-18T22:34:13.928+01:002017-04-18T22:34:13.928+01:00In that case, I agree. :)
Today I was doing an ex...In that case, I agree. :)<br /><br />Today I was doing an example of "A plane is descending at 3 degrees to a runway that is 1700 ft below its current altitude. How far in miles is the plane from the runway?" I changed "miles" to "feet" and told the students I didn't recall how many feet are in a mile (I tossed out a number that I thought was correct, but I wasn&paulhartzerhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02150147778452779078noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-66774182934720196652017-04-18T14:07:32.474+01:002017-04-18T14:07:32.474+01:00As a math teacher ,I have had all these anxieties ...As a math teacher ,I have had all these anxieties at some point:) Whenever I would start a real tedious problem or proof ,I would ask the students beforehand to keep an eye on the board .I used to say that telling you the concept is my job,and If I falter in any calculation at any step,It will be half your fault as much as mine..:)<br />I have always been honest with my children and they love me Ketakinoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-55751962542211711692017-04-18T12:31:15.536+01:002017-04-18T12:31:15.536+01:00Thank you so much for this article Jo. I have been...Thank you so much for this article Jo. I have been beating myself up over a ridiculously stupid mistake I made in one of my revision sessions last week. It was picked up by a fellow teacher and corrected with the student but nothing was said to me. It was embarrassing. <br />I retrained to teach maths 2 years ago and I have been seriously thinking I'd made a mistake. I was doubting my abilityERhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13585937712514268653noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-28462285911444768872017-04-18T07:22:46.537+01:002017-04-18T07:22:46.537+01:00Thanks for the comment. I think I haven't expl...Thanks for the comment. I think I haven't explained my points clearly. On the first point, I just mean make light of it. I don't seriously pretend that I was trying to catch them out! That would obviously be a lie. They're not stupid! I just mean make a joke of it. <br /><br />On the second point, I'm not referring to blind spots. As I said elsewhere, if you have a blind spot thenJo Morganhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-45843009837306289002017-04-18T02:40:39.036+01:002017-04-18T02:40:39.036+01:00I disagree with two bits, at least inasmuch as the...I disagree with two bits, at least inasmuch as they don't work for me.<br /><br />"joke with your students that you were just checking they were paying attention." -- My wife had a teacher who routinely made this claim, and she HATED the teacher. She would have preferred if the teacher just admitted to have made an error. I admit to all my errors with my students, and it doesn'tpaulhartzerhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02150147778452779078noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-45492053384625281182017-04-14T13:18:57.696+01:002017-04-14T13:18:57.696+01:00Also, getting top sets to find a difficult questio...Also, getting top sets to find a difficult question and watching you struggle to solve it and seeing your thought processes works miracles - improves their confidence and resilience because they see that even the best of the best can struggle when confronted with something unseen Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11798783147475171123noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-30929198681085699592017-04-14T13:16:53.164+01:002017-04-14T13:16:53.164+01:00Great idea to voice this so openly, I know so many...Great idea to voice this so openly, I know so many of my colleagues that are terrified of making a mistake..... we celebrate them and call them "juicy mistakes" now - not sure who I got that from - it was at a teach meet session.... also, my comment to the splitting the bill is always "you've got a phone and I'm off duty" - works every time and no judgements made. Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11798783147475171123noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-51892699028399926842017-04-14T02:07:38.886+01:002017-04-14T02:07:38.886+01:00Useful tips. The first one of rewarding students f...Useful tips. The first one of rewarding students for spotting mistakes will work with a class of really responsible students.<br />Love the post. Agree in totality.Jayashreehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16248734118775044292noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-70375511461331407172017-04-13T20:13:12.694+01:002017-04-13T20:13:12.694+01:00Even when teaching the simplest of maths there is ...Even when teaching the simplest of maths there is that anxiety that you will just make it unnecessarily complicated; that you'll be making the subject worse not better.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-6265978952379805502017-04-13T14:57:06.622+01:002017-04-13T14:57:06.622+01:00It is a very valuable reflection. As a research pr...It is a very valuable reflection. As a research professor, I analyze the emotional reactions of mathematics teachers. It's the subject of my undergraduate thesis.Prof. Bozzanohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01050597873107278223noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-7613801765734682622017-04-13T14:24:21.717+01:002017-04-13T14:24:21.717+01:00I found AS level teaching difficult at first, but ...I found AS level teaching difficult at first, but now in my 5th year of teaching it (C1 C2 S1) I'm so much more confident but still not amazing at the exam questions. <br />As a particular song goes...<br />"I'm only human after all, don't but your blame on me"Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08302534100587634104noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-75974499807334906442017-04-13T10:48:21.914+01:002017-04-13T10:48:21.914+01:00Thanks for the comment! You've just reminded m...Thanks for the comment! You've just reminded me about a post I wrote three years ago! http://www.resourceaholic.com/2014/08/deliberate-mistakes.html <br /><br />It's worth reading the article 'My Favourite Liar' that's mentioned in the comments. Jo Morganhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11919801458664779971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4242439961617529545.post-86329935708014598062017-04-13T10:32:11.445+01:002017-04-13T10:32:11.445+01:00Hi Jo. This is a lovely to post think about over E...Hi Jo. This is a lovely to post think about over Easter.<br /><br />On one. I have a teacher reward students (eg sweets) for spotting mistakes. This seemed to work as students would challenge things that often weren't mistakes and maybe helped with attention a little.<br /><br />On two. I see this as an opportunity to say I don't know and happily say let's find out together. That Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11948906931933231961noreply@blogger.com