Stop telling kids you’re bad at math! Especially, if you are teacher. The primary reason that I made the jump to teaching is that I couldn’t stand when people said that they weren’t “math people.” How is that acceptable? People don’t go around saying I’m not really a “reading person.” It should not be socially acceptable to be bad at math.
I think Valerie Strauss would agree with me in her Washington Post article,
Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’ Things are even worse when you say these things to young girls.
Girls are especially affected when a teacher publicly announces math hatred before she picks up the chalk. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that female — but not male — mathematical achievement was diminished in response to a female teacher’s mathematical anxiety. The effect was correlated: the higher a teacher’s anxiety, the lower the scores.