The question is what happened when the student first experienced failure on a math tests. What action did the teacher, the student, and the parent take? It is the lack of intervention procedures, which causes math anxiety for a student. It is a failure of all stakeholders to correct a failure of understanding that lays the very foundation for future failure and the resultant math anxiety phobia in middle school students.
It is because the structure of mathematics and its teaching is a building block approach. You cannot have success with the next course or lesson unless you have mastered the previous material, i.e.; properties, rules, concepts, and procedures.
Who is at Fault?
If you are a teacher at any level and you do not provide immediate intervention assistance to every student who fails a test or quiz, then you are at fault!
If you are a parent, and are, aware that your child failed a quiz or test in mathematics, and you did nothing (No call to the teacher, no working with your child to help, etc.) then you are at fault!
Advice to a Student
If you are a student and when you do not understand what was being taught in a lesson for any day, and did not attempt to ask questions or get additional help before you leave school, then you are at fault?
The student is the starting point. The student knows immediately if they do not understand what was taught in the daily lesson. The student needs to ask and seek out help before they leave class. Not tomorrow, or next week. It must be done before you leave class or school!!!
Five minutes during lunch or right after school can be an eye-opening experience.
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