Both teachers and students need to work together and come to understand what one expects from the other. In doing so the question of “Is Math really that hard?” becomes, not if you don’t want it to be!

After all, only if you want to, will you really learn.

SteffanieI have found that kids don’t like math for a few reasons. 1 I agree, they ask when do we need this. Even with explaining the reasons why it is necessary they don’t care to accept the reasons. That’s because it is challenging. Which brings .e to my second reason. Kids are lazy, more so now than ever before. They don’t have to remember anything or think deeply because everything is readily available on the internet. But in math classes they are forced to brainstorm and use critical thinking differently than in other classes and they don’t like the challenge. Most all students just want the answer. They are so focused on getting an answer rather than a process. And perhaps that is math educators fault, and we should try to focus early on in their math career on the process not the answer! My last point is that because students are unable to identify what they don’t know, and can’t properly study for math and then perform lower than they expect they grow this hate for the subject they do poorly in. If they are more successful perhaps they will enjoy the subject. Or in my case I enjoy problem solving in general, which is why I enjoy math. So maybe if we increase student’s curiosity and desire to solve a problem or question they would be more willing to do so in math too.

Danya KhelfaHi Steffanie, thank you for posting your thoughts! I appreciate you taking the time to express this as a comment because it’s very common for both teachers and students to struggle with Maths. I have spent almost 20 years teaching Maths and so I have come across many different attitudes when it comes to Maths in general both from students and teachers. Students main frustration, you’re right, is to see the benefit otherwise they can’t be bothered. I challenge this thought by saying to them if you put nothing in, you get nothing out, then it’s an opportunity lost to at least look at as learning something new. Students don’t mind math if it’s practical – like learning about it as it comes to money, and would like to see more. You are right, we as teachers need to peak their curiosity and it’s always important to keep them involved. The solutions in my post for both teaches and students need patience and enthusiasm for those who struggle with Math to get better, but I believe it starts with a positive mindset and convincing others to believe in their abilities, because I as the teacher chose to believe in their abilities.