Algebra Math Anxiety - Teacher’s
View about Math Anxiety

Student's often experience math anxiety with algebra. It does not make sense to say; “I don’t do well on
tests” as an excuse for doing poorly on a test from a student. This “crutch”
supports a middle school approach of failing to require students to pass a basic mathematical skills test before moving onto the next grade level. Why are so many
students entering high school without knowing their multiplication timetables?
Teacher’s are frustrated when students arrive and cannot respond to the
question of “5 x 7=?”

Algebra Math Anxiety - Outcomes

Students remember ‘Please
Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” (PEMDAS) but do not remember that the “P” also
includes all grouping symbols ( ), { }, [ ], and even fraction bars. They know
that the m=multiplication, but because the “m” comes before “d”, they always
multiply before they divide. Likewise, because the “a –adding” comes before the
“s-subtraction” they routinely add before and subtraction. The problem and key
informational piece is the multiplication and division goes LEFT TO RIGHT! Whose is at fault? Their
elementary teacher is mostly responsible and the public school administrators are
mostly to blame. Administrators will blame the politicians. They claim to comply
with the rules in order to meet the need of the law. This is a fifth grade mathematics
standard. Well, it cannot be proven without a doubt if their respective teacher
taught it to them. One thing is sure –they never mastered it because of this
silly mnemonic.

Student
Frustration and Viewpoint concerning their Math Anxiety or Fear of Tests

Students say they don’t do well on test based on the
history of their previous academic success. If a student is a good student and
does well on tests in English and Social studies then this illogical conclusion
concerns with math tests does not hold true. If there is a true phobia then it
should apply to every subject and not just mathematics. There has to be some
factors that are different in the math class from the other subjects.
Obviously, if a student arrives in high school and has experienced failing
every math test since the sixth grade, then the evidence states that they do
not do well on tests. Their personal experience supports their beliefs.

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