Improving Students' Math Outcomes through Neuroscience, Metacognition and Anxiety Management

Friday, March 3, 2023
1:00-4:00 PM (Hybrid)
at First Literacy

160 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 (across from the Boston Common)

Workshop Description:
Few academic subjects carry as much baggage as math. Students and teachers alike may wonder if they have a math brain (short answer: yes), and what happens when we learn math or face anxiety about it. In this workshop, we’ll explore key neuroscience concepts including working memory, neuroplasticity, and metacognition. We’ll connect them to math anxiety and common experiences of struggling with math and to teaching applications and practical first steps that adult education teachers can implement in their math classes. 

Workshop Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • describe at least two brain based teaching/learning strategies and their applications in math class,
  • describe neuroscience concepts and their relationship to math anxiety, and
  • relate metacognitive practices to math learning and anxiety.

Allison Reid is a former self-described “non-math-person” turned enthusiastic math teacher; program coordinator, writer-trainer-consultant; brain-geek and life-long learner; partner, mom and step-mom. She believes in reflective practice, her students, and color-coded spreadsheets. 

This workshop is free to staff of all Massachusetts non-profit ABE and ESOL Programs.

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