This online professional development course is for LAUSD teachers and is available for recertification and salary advancement.
Math anxiety is a pervasive problem faced by STEM students and teachers, both nationally and globally. It undermines student performance and interest in mathematics, discourages students from pursuing mathematics-related careers, and reduces teaching self-efficacy among STEM teachers. Recent research in educational psychology has revealed important insights into the causes of math anxiety as well as simple strategies that can mitigate its effects.
This course presents the current state of research on math anxiousness along with evidence-based psychological strategies that can be implemented in your classroom immediately to reduce the negative impact of math anxiety on students.
The first half of the online course introduces the topic of math anxiety and examines its causes and consequences. The second half of the course provides easy-to-implement strategies for combating it. The course provides downloadable templates for some of the strategies. Educators will ultimately complete a final project in which they develop a multi-faceted plan, with measurable objectives, for reducing the effects of math anxiety using the ideas and strategies learned throughout the course.
In addition to designing a classroom culture in which students feel safe to take risks, teachers will be provided simple, easy-to-implement evidence-based techniques for reducing the impact of math anxiety on students. The techniques are designed to teach students how to think differently about anxiety and the meaning of success and failure.
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