数学焦虑或对数学的恐惧实际上很常见。数学焦虑，如考试焦虑与stagefright非常相似。为什么有人遭受怯场？害怕在人群面前出现问题？害怕忘记线条？害怕被判断得不好？害怕完全空白？数学焦虑让人想起某种类型的恐惧。担心一个人无法做数学或担心太难或者对失败的恐惧往往源于缺乏信心。在大多数情况下，数学焦虑是对数学正确的恐惧，我们的思想画空白，我们认为我们会失败，当然，我们的思想变得越沮丧和焦虑，绘制空白的机会就越大。在数学考试和考试中增加时间限制的压力也会导致许多学生的焦虑水平增加。通常，数学焦虑源于数学中令人不快的经历。通常，数学运动会以这样的方式呈现数学，导致理解有限。不幸的是，数学焦虑往往是由于教学不良和数学经验不佳导致数学焦虑。我遇到数学焦虑的许多学生都表现出过分依赖数学程序，而不是真正理解数学。当人们在没有太多理解的情况下试图记住程序，规则和惯例时，很快就会忘记数学并且很快就会出现恐慌。想想你对一个概念的经验 – 分数的划分。你可能已经了解了倒数和倒数。换句话说，’不是你的理由，只是反转和乘法’。好吧，你记住规则并且它有效。它为什么有效？你真的明白为什么会这样吗？有没有人每次都使用比萨饼或数学操作来向你展示它的工作原理？如果没有，你只需记住程序即可。把数学想象成记忆所有的程序 – 如果你忘了几个怎么办？因此，对于这种类型的策略，良好的记忆力会有所帮助，但是，如果你没有良好的记忆力会怎样。理解数学是至关重要的。一旦学生意识到他们可以做数学，就可以克服数学焦虑的整个概念。教师和家长在确保学生理解向他们提供的数学方面发挥着重要作用。
Math anxiety or fear of math is actually quite common. Math anxiety, like test anxiety is quite similar to stagefright. Why does someone suffer stage fright? Fear of something going wrong in front of a crowd? Fear of forgetting the lines? Fear of being judged poorly? Fear of going completely blank? Math anxiety conjures up fear of some type. The fear that one won’t be able to do the math or the fear that it’s too hard or the fear of failure which often stems from having a lack of confidence. For the most part, math anxiety is the fear about doing the math right, our minds draw a blank and we think we’ll fail and of course the more frustrated and anxious our minds become, the greater the chance for drawing blanks. Added pressure of having time limits on math tests and exams also cause the levels of anxiety grow for many students. Usually math anxiety stems from unpleasant experiences in mathematics. Typically math phobics have had math presented in such a fashion that it led to limited understanding. Unfortunately, math anxiety is often due to poor teaching and poor experiences in math which typically leads to math anxiety. Many of the students I’ve encountered with math anxiety have demonstrated an over reliance on procedures in math as opposed to actually understanding the math. When one tries to memorize procedures, rules and routines without much understanding, the math is quickly forgotten and panic soon sets in. Think about your experiences with one concept – the division of fractions. You probably learned about reciprocals and inverses. In other words, ‘It’s not yours to reason why, just invert and multiply’. Well, you memorized the rule and it works. Why does it work? Do you really understand why it works? Did anyone every use pizzas or math manipulatives to show you why it works? If not, you simply memorized the procedure and that was that. Think of math as memorizing all the procedures – what if you forget a few? Therefore, with this type of strategy, a good memory will help, but, what if you dont’ have a good memory. Understanding the math is critical. Once students realize they can do the math, the whole notion of math anxiety can be overcome. Teachers and parents have an important role to ensure students understand the math being presented to them.