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Helping all Students Become Einstein’s using Bibliotherapy when Teaching Mathematics to Prepare Students for a STEM World

Published online: 15 Jun 2017
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Abstract

Today, being confident and having a sound understanding of mathematics is critical in an age of STEM.
Teachers must play in important role in seeing that all students display their confidence in their ability to do
mathematics. This paper explains the process of using bibliotherapy when teaching mathematics to address
both the math anxious or the math gifted student to build more math confidence in a STEM world. Often
gifted students of mathematics can be made to feel bad by their peers just because they know mathematics
and things come easy to them. Today there are many students in school that have math anxiety. Children's
and adolescent literature has been recognized now as a means to teaching mathematics to students through
the use of stories to make the mathematics concepts relevant and meaningful. Literature can also be used
as a form of therapy, bibliotherapy, to reach students who may be frustrated with children picking on them
for knowing a lot of mathematics or who are math anxious. Story and picture books such as Counting on
Frank, Math Curse and A Gebra Named Al are now available to use in the classroom as forms of bibliotherapy
in helping students come to terms with issues that haunt them as it relates to mathematics. Children's books
can be beneficial to address the math anxious and even the gifted. In this paper the author proposes using
reading and discussion (bibliotherapy) to help all students become confident in mathematics in the STEM
world we live in.

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