Be a Confident Maths Teacher
by Margaret Etherton and Beverley Paine
from Learning Maths Naturally, a Practical Homeschooling Series booklet
Parents are not unusual if they feel inadequate in Maths and many may not feel equal to the challenge to teach their own children. If their "phobia" comes to the surface they may be worried that they will infect their children with similar feelings.
The first thing you can do is please don't let your children hear you say I hated Maths even if you did hate it! Should your child be disadvantaged just because your teacher was just like a prison warden? Talk about the positive aspects of maths that you use in every day life. Look for the areas of expertise you have - you may not like calculus but you are a whiz at mental arithmetic; or you can find your way home no matter where you are; or you can't find your way home but you read a street directory; you can calculate change quickly; you are able to knit a jumper or sew and make creative patterns; you can estimate weights accurately when you are buying fruit; or you can use a computer efficiently. These are all mathematical related activities.
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