Resources to help build efficacy in elementary math teachers
Mehta, Nikieta M.
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The purpose of this research is to bring together past and ongoing research as well as my personal experience being a student and working as a teacher who experiences math anxiety. Math abilities are distributed across the global population and during in-depth research, it was noticed how math anxiety can affect the teacher, their teaching and student learning. Elementary teachers who have anxiety in mathematics may experience distress in finding and using appropriate teaching methodologies and appropriate methods of student progress monitoring that do not resulting in creating math anxiety in their students. This project contains an overview of math anxiety, how teacher’s math anxiety may affect learning of a child, and the potential impact of math anxiety on children. From available research it is evident that teacher’s own fear and anxiety about math passes on to their students and students who suffer from the effects of math anxiety tend to give up studying math at an early age. Strategies for the prevention of math anxiety were found to be more effective than attempts at curing the problem, since anxiety, once established, tends to be self-reinforcing. Therefore, after a thorough review of the available literature and my personal experience together I, created a guide book to serve as a quick reference for teachers to utilize that provides simple and unique ways to deliver math content to build self-efficacy in elementary math teachers as well as information and strategies to reduce friction between teachers teaching and students learning.