Published at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - 11:56:11 AM. **6th Grade Math**. By Adriana Randolph.

Marilyn Burns, a well known math expert, has been addresses math anxiety since 1970 with her first book, "I Hate Mathematics" right through to her more current book, "Math; Facing an American Phobia" 1998. The latter book speaks to math anxiety as a growing phenomenon. And more recently "Math for the Anxious" by Rosanne Proga, copyrighted 2005 also is very clear about math anxiety and its causes. Of course, all this math anxiety is good; at least it is for the math textbook industry. Math anxiety sells math textbooks. Parents are concerned that their children learn math better than they did. Teachers are calling for a better way to teach math. This is great news for the math textbook companies. For you and me, this is bad news.

I recently spent a few days with a group of sixth graders teaching a unit on puberty. On my first day in the classroom, the kids were nervous, anxious, apprehensive and giggly! If giggly is not really a word then Im suggesting it be added to the dictionary, as I encounter it in the first few minutes of every 5th and 6th grade puberty class Ive ever taught. Okay class, let us begin. Day 1 We begin the unit by answering the most pressing question, "Why do we have to talk about this?" which the kids do a great job of answering for themselves. We then move onto "When will the changes start happening to me?" along with "What exactly will happen?" and "How long will it take until its over?"

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