In this work-in-progress paper, we discuss our development and implementation of wellness strategies to address pre-service teachers’ mathematics anxiety. Mathematics anxiety is prevalent in all levels of education, and often inhibits students’ abilities to learn mathematics. Emerging research in mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and other wellness techniques are making their way into classrooms to remedy long-held feelings of anxiety. In our study, we analyzed current research on how wellness approaches can be harnessed in the mathematics classroom to mitigate the onset and effects of mathematics anxiety, and then implemented these approaches in a mathematics education course for pre-service teachers at a Canadian faculty of education. We are collecting pre-and post-course surveys to investigate how the strategies affect the mathematics anxiety of pre-service teachers.
|Title of host publication||Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2018)|
|Editors||Regis Chireshe, Isao Miyaji, Olaniyi Alaba Sofowora, Marta Cabral, Lorayne Robertson|
|Place of Publication||London UK|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||Canada International Conference on Education 2018 - University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada|
Duration: 25 Jun 2018 → 28 Jun 2018
|Conference||Canada International Conference on Education 2018|
|Abbreviated title||CICE 2018|
|Period||25/06/18 → 28/06/18|
Neufeld, B., Paige, C., Rapke, T., Karrass, M., & Hall, J. (2018). Exploring wellness practices with pre-service teachers to mange mathematics anxiety. In R. Chireshe, I. Miyaji, O. A. Sofowora, M. Cabral, & L. Robertson (Eds.), Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2018) (pp. 490-494). London UK: Infonomics Society.