The Brilliance Pages is a journal of articles and ideas gleaned from research, reading, and experience to help encourage and inspire great teaching.
Helping Students Who Fear Mathematics deals with how to help students overcome their fear of math, in particular problem solving. Suggestions for how to teach problem solving include teachers preparing themselves to teach, helping students develop a positive attitude toward problem solving, encouraging students to first solve simple one-step problems, teaching students estimation, reassuring students that there is more than one correct strategy for solving a problem, not always assigning routine math activities, developing and implementing problem-solving activities, using problems from daily life, providing many problems for practice, allowing students to use calculators, using a bulletin board for classroom activities, and collecting problems at different levels of difficulty.
Help Students with Math Anxiety shows that research reveals a relationship between math anxiety and under-performing in math. Shared are the reasons why high school students have difficulty mastering concepts in mathematics. An overview of difficulties that take place at the primary, intermediate, and secondary level is given. Anxiety is defined and suggestions on how to overcome anxiety are shared.
Motivating Math Students suggests techniques and activities for motivating math students. Most of the activities apply to the upper grades. The activities and methods concentrate on decimals, fractions, percentages, and metrics.