It takes a solid, tried-and-true strategy to assist anyone with overcoming an anxiety. This article shows you how to help nervous math students overcome the panic, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganization that arise when they are required to solve a mathematical problem.
Want to really get in the minds of students with serious math anxiety? This research from Stanford found that kids who were stressed about math had brain activity patterns similar to people with other phobias. Read through this to help understand what some of your students are going through so you can help dissolve their math fears.
A major cause of math anxiety is many students do not know how ubiquitous math is in their lives, and the things people don't understand, they often fear. This video shows what how when one teacher focused more on connecting math with his students' everyday lives, their math anxiety almost entirely went away. Watch this video to get some inspiration on how to connect more with your students to help ease their fears.
Hearing directly from another teacher is often the best way to get strategies for your classroom. This video outlines the strategies one math teacher uses to get his students excited about math, breaks down why so many students struggle with math, and outlines how to conquer your math anxiety.
As a teacher, the student's perspective is the most important one. This video shows a math anxiety workshop that is geared toward students. The workshop covers simple techniques students can apply to overcome their math fears. Also, the quality of the workshop presenter is a great model for how you can talk to your students about math anxiety.