math boyThere's an old joke that says as long as there are math tests, there will be prayer in schools.

The fact is that many people -- children and adults alike -- harbor negative feelings about working with numbers. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that as the prevalence and significance of testing take over our classrooms, so too are we finding a sharp rise in math anxiety.

Much as been written recently about math anxiety (see here* and here and here), particularly in terms of taking timed tests, including questioning which comes first, the difficulty with math or the worrying about it. Regardless of whether math anxiety is the chicken or the egg, however, the fact remains that it is a real stumbling block for many of our students.

So how can we help our learners overcome their fear of not just math in class but of math in real life? The first step to reducing math anxiety is to develop a comfort level with the basics. As with all learning, developing fluency and automaticity with the basics lays a sturdy foundation for whatever comes after.

Here at We Come to Learn, our next game is dedicated to this principle that comfort with any subject begins with fluency in its fundamentals. Our game, called Math Speedway, combines low stress with high engagement as a means for mastering addition and subtraction facts, the first steps to overcoming math anxiety.

Check back here in the coming days to find out more about our latest game, Math Speedway. We think you'll like what you learn.

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