Bridging the Mathematics Skills Gaps: From Anxiety to Appreciation with Asma Akhras

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Imagine a future where students are not just ardent learners of mathematics but are also expert problem solvers. That’s what Asma Akhras, an experienced implementation leader for a curriculum nonprofit company, brings to our podcast table today. We delve into the disheartening cycle of math anxiety, and the root causes of the math struggles that our students face today – the lack of appreciation for math as a holistic body of knowledge and the inadequacy of teaching methods that present math as isolated skills rather than interconnected concepts. Asma brings her wealth of experience to bear in sharing strategies that can help students discover the beauty and practicality of math.

But the problem doesn’t stop there. Asma takes us deeper into the challenges that teachers face in addressing the widening skills gap among their students. She highlights the importance of sticking to grade-level content while providing just-in-time support to ensure students can access the math curriculum. Listen as Asma paints a picture of math as a powerful problem-solving tool, sharing insights on how to transform the math classroom into a powerhouse of dialogue, discovery, and critical thinking.

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