Math Attitudes and Beliefs

My math attitudes and beliefs influence my children. 

What are your math attitudes and beliefs? If I were being honest, I would say that mine are negative.

Past a certain point in school, math didn’t make sense to me. I worked every day studying my math assignments during my first semester of college. I never saw a connection to my life and I never thought I would use most of what I knew.

I was right and wrong. I have never figured the slope of something, but now that I know how the brain works, it certainly would have benefited me to exercise my brain in a different way.

I love teaching language arts, but could I have chosen another profession if I had confidence in my math abilities? My own math attitudes and beliefs limited me.

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So I am fine, but like any parent – I want better for my kids. That makes me analyze my own math attitudes and beliefs. I don’t want my bad vibes to “rub off” on them. I want to incorporate math into their lives, especially where I never saw it in mine.

I did well in school and people were positive about it. I was encouraged. When math started to get tough, it was a given that I wouldn’t like math.

Oppositely, no one ever told me that I wasn’t a reader. A common message in school and at home was read, read, read. That is practicing – but practicing math was very condensed to homework or the night before a test.

In this math series I’ve tried to look at ways to raise math learners, from looking at influences and ways to teach math at home.

I would be remiss not to look at my math attitudes and beliefs, and to think how they affect my children. In this area, I struggle. I want to be positive and encourage them. I wonder if I will have to fake enthusiasm. I fear my kids will sense a phony.

What are your math attitudes and beliefs from your youth? Do they carry over to your children?

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2 Responses to Math Attitudes and Beliefs

  1. I didn’t do well in math and didn’t like it, but I encourage my daughter to have fun with numbers. Especially for girls, who lag behind in math and science, it’s important for them to have the chance to become confident. Lucky for me, she seems to have an aptitude for it! (In a few years, she may be able to teach me some things! lol!)

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