Stanford Professor Jo Boaler says that ‘students most effectively learn “mathfacts” working on problems that they enjoy, rather than through exercisesand drills they fear. Speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization damage children’s experience of math’. http://joboaler.com/blog/
Anxiety starts early in a child’s life. If a child has a negative early experience in education, that early anxiety snowballs, leading to difficulties in learning key skills and avoidance that only get worse as children get older. However, allowing them to learn through means which are hands-on, fun and familiar can instil self-confidence in a child therefore increasing their ability to learn. A study from Professor Jo Boaler reflects on the effects of negative experiences in maths for a child.