Last week I sent out a survey and had people take it. Looking back, I can clearly see that it may not have been the best. However, I have some pretty good information from it. I’ve pulled it apart the data some more and made some observations.
At first I shared how people felt about math in elementary school and how they feel now. In that post I pointed out that there really is not much of a change in how people feel about math. It looks as if how you feel about math in elementary school is how you will feel later in life. That is not the case. Look at these.
This first chart are people that highly disliked (1) math in elementary school and how they feel about it now. There are a few that jumped to highly like! That is a huge jump! However, What I see here is that the majority of those that highly dislike math in elementary school are going to continue to dislike it.
This third one are people that didn’t have a strong like or dislike (3). We can see here that those with no major feelings toward math in elementary school either continue that way or grow to like it. Only 10% dislike it now.
This one shows those that liked (4) math in elementary school. This is the most dramatic I feel. Elementary students that like math grow to really separate. Why is this? About half continue to like or highly like, and half move down on the scale. Why?
The last shows highly liked (5) feelings toward math in elementary school. This last one shows me that the majority of people who really grasp math and really like it in elementary school will continue to enjoy math throughout life.
I know that this is NOT that scientific and is a little biased because the majority of the people that took this survey know me in some way. However, this is a great insight to the start of how we should approach teaching mathematics.
What are your thoughts? Do you see any trends in the data? Am I way off on my thinking? Please share your thoughts and wonderings with me.