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ERIC Number: EJ1029397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Overcoming the "Run" Response
Swanson, Patricia E.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v19 n2 p94-99 Sep 2013
Recent research suggests that it is not simply experiencing anxiety that affects mathematics performance but also how one responds to and regulates that anxiety (Lyons and Beilock 2011). Most people have faced mathematics problems that have triggered their "run response." The issue is not whether one wants to run, but rather "how" one ultimately turns around and re-engages with the problem. This article examines both teachers' and students' emotional reactions to challenging mathematics problems and, more important, the strategies they use to cope with anxiety and to re-engage and grapple with these problems. These coping skills are embedded components of the first essential Standard for Mathematical Practice identified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them" (CCSSI 2010, p. 6). Self-awareness and regulation are essential, and often ignored, components of mathematical problem solving. This article examines how these skills can be modeled, taught, and learned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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