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.
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?