Why this topic?

I have included this topic because maths anxiety is getting attention in connection with dyscalculia and ….

One of the most serious outcomes of maths anxiety is withdrawal from further attempt to learn.

My informal survey of teachers who attend my lectures suggests that there is a significant number of children who effectively with draw from involvement in maths lessons at 7 years old.

This is quite a wordy section on the website, but you can focus in on specific topics, maybe using parts for background information and parts to guide intervention.

There have been books, research and articles on maths anxiety for many decades, so it is certainly not a newly recognised phenomenon. It’s this close link to dyscalculia that is new. For example, Prof Daniel Ansari (2017) explained the two issues and the potential links in a You Tube video for Understood.org. I did my own research on maths anxiety in 11 – 15 year old students back in 2012 (‘Mathematics anxiety in secondary students in England’ DYSLEXIA. 15, 61-68).

The learning, thinking side of maths is the cognitive domain. The emotional side, which includes anxiety and self-esteem, is the affective domain. When teaching maths we need to address the influences of both domains.

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