We use math every day, but our relationship with the subject tends to be complicated. Most of us have a story from our school days that set the tone for how we feel about math. Whether your story is positive or negative, it tends to stick.
As a teacher, the pressure of getting math “right” in the early years, combined with your own math stories, can make teaching math today quite daunting.
Many teachers feel they don’t have the expertise or the pedagogical practices necessary to confidently teach math, especially with students of so many different skill levels in one class.
Long working hours, multiple curriculum demands, and a lack of learning programs with practical applications only add to the problem.