Mathematicians aren’t born—they’re made. That’s why one of my favorite phrases is “I hate math.” Nearly every student shares this sentiment with me at some point during the school year, and when they do, I simply smile. Because I know that by the end of my class, those same students will find their inner mathematician.

For me, this is what teaching is all about—helping students discover parts of themselves they never realized they had. Over the years, I’ve helped dozens of students overcome their math anxiety.

4 ways to help students learn to love math


1. Commit to inspired teaching


To me, inspired teaching...

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  • About the Author:

    Nikki Smith Brown is an eighth-grade math teacher at Georgia Cyber Academy, an online school powered by K12 Inc.