National Heritage Academies Schools Tackle Math Anxiety by Offering Students Problem-based CurriculumNHA Communications Team
March 12, 2021
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Mathematics is a vital skill that people use throughout their daily lives; from tracking finances to using measurements in a recipe, learning mathematics skills at an early age is a necessary and valuable skill for students now and as adults later in life.
However, various studies indicate that children and adults who feel stressed or nervous when faced with doing basic math-related functions may be experiencing “math anxiety.” In fact, “In a representative survey of U.S. teachers, 67 percent told the EdWeek Research Center that math anxiety was a challenge for their students, and one in four said they often feel anxious doing math themselves.”
“Our students use math stories and games as part of the problem-based curriculum,” said Elisa Gibbs, director of math curriculum at NHA. “Math isn’t a checklist of skills. Everything for our kindergarten through eighth-grade curriculum is connected, aimed at moving students along a developmental trajectory.”
One fun way NHA schools encourage creativity in math is by participating in annual Pi Day celebrations. Keystone Academy seventh-grade students associate creativity with math by entering the digits of PI into a graph to create an artistic and mathematical skyline.
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the digits of Pi, talk with friends about math, and eat pie.
About National Heritage Academies:
National Heritage Academies is a network of 90 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 60,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.