Maths anxiety: a teacher’s perspective

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The Power of Maths Roundtable Series

How can you better understand and identify maths anxiety in your school? Rob Brown, a maths teacher at West Lakes Academy and panelist at our 2019 Power of Maths Roundtable, shares insights from their in-school research project.

Maths anxiety = a real problem

Identifying those with maths anxiety

Table 1: Similarities between lazy students and those with maths anxiety
Not starting work

Spending too much time on easy questions

Automatically responding "I don't know" to spoken questions.

Claiming they don't know where to start

Saying the first number that comes to mind.

Not showing working out

Not completing, or doing the bare minimum for homework.

Solutions: How to help those with maths anxiety

Rob Brown is a maths teacher at West Lakes Academy in Cumbria and a former statistician. Rob was one of the speakers at the Pearson Power of Maths Roundtable, which gathered leading influencers across education, business and academia to explore how we can tackle maths anxiety and build more confident learners and communities across the UK.

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