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How to Overcome Math Anxiety: Ten Strategies to Help Your Child Have a Math Mindset

Math Anxiety ©Andrea Obzerova

Math Anxiety-- is it a necessary evil? No, but I get it. When I was a little girl and my statistician educator dad would try to help me with math I would cry. So yes, I get it, but now as an anxiety therapist I know better that it isn't math (or the spider, or the ladder, or the dog) that's the problem it's what our intrusive anxious thoughts are telling us about that situation. And we don't have to listen! There are additional factors with math which "prime" there it is again us for developing anxiety about math: 1) Pressure about the importance of math and STEM in general; 2) Pressure from those dreaded timed tests. Researchers have found that timed testing is not necessary for learning and in fact interferes with performance because the high levels of stress trying to beat the clock block our access to working memory where our math knowledge is stored. So, I no longer cry about math, and I don't want anyone else to either. You can overcome math anxiety and here are lots of ideas to help.

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Code Like a Girl: Learning to Code without Fear

Code Like a GirlWhen I was in college, back in the Stone Age, one day one of my professors marched us out of class and over to this mysterious building called the "Computing Center" and insisted we create an account and learn to use a computer. I, being me at the time, was afraid that one false key stroke and I would crash the whole system. Thank goodness that's ancient history, but tech anxiety is a real thing. Thanks to author of ThDaring Book for Girl, Miriam Peskowitz, and her wonderful new book, Code Like a Girl, tech anxiety could be a thing of the past. Code Like a Girl is a beautifully illustrated, super easy to follow fun adventure helping girls and anyone who is fearful to put their toes in the tech water see that while it may feel uncomfortable at first, it's really, really fun. Miriam is a super explainer/ inspirer/teacher/role model and I'm so lucky to say, my dear friend. So let's get the fear and anxiety out of tech for all of us: show them how it's done: Let's all code like a girl.

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