A Culturally Responsive Approach to Students’ Math Anxiety

Larisa Bukalov and I wrote an article for Education Week outlining culturally responsive techniques to deal with students’ math anxiety. In this article, which incorporates many of the ideas that we discuss more deeply in our book The Math Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students, Larisa and I discuss the importance of building relationships with students, promoting mathematical communication, making mathematical connections, and connecting to students prior experiences. We believe that teachers should constantly reflect on their practices to find ways that students’ culture, like other aspectsof their personality, can be used to strnegthen learning.

Our article was part of a number of articles about teaching math in a culturally responsive way. Other responses were written by people like Robert Q. Berry III, Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The artices are part of Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q&A blog.  Our article can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/edweek-crt-math

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