A homeschooling mom gives her son timed math tests, but they cause him some anxiety. Should she stop?
Is there any merit to timed math tests? After getting this call, I did some research and got opinions from lots of elementary math teachers to find out whether timed math tests are an instructionally sound practice. (The short answer: Not really.)
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Resources in this Episode
Research Suggests Timed Tests Cause Math Anxiety, Jo Boaler, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Teaching Children Mathematics, Vol. 20, No. 8, April 2014
Using Backward Timing to Work on Math Fluency, Heather LeBlanc from All Things Upper Elementary, October 2013
Web-based Math Fluency Game Sites:
Reflex ($35 per student per year)
Sumdog ($2 per student per year)
And Coming Soon:
YouCubed (launching in 2015): A brand-new website whose focus is on helping math teachers learn the most effective ways to teach math.