Math Without Fear

Implementation Strategies

Estimated time to complete: 5-7 hours

Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Level certificate of completion.

Build your knowledge, skills, and understanding in ways to build students’ confidence and interest in math through positive messages and experiences that short-circuit math anxiety. Tag along as the Mathbusters League responds to math-related distress calls from students, families, and program staff throughout Can-Do Heights. Learn to draw on your own life experiences in using math for hobbies, personal goals, and everyday tasks like comparison shopping.

After you complete this section, you’ll be able to 

  • Describe math anxiety, its negative effects on learning, and ways to reduce it.
  • Plan ways to increase students’ math confidence and competence through enrichment activities, homework help, and tutoring.
  • Identify strategies, partnerships, and resources to help students develop a growth mindset.

Coaching My Staff

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Upon completion, you will receive a Leadership Level certificate of completion. 

Build your staff’s mathbusting confidence and know-how. After completing this section of the course, you’ll be able to

  • Train and support your staff to recognize and respond appropriately to math anxiety.
  • Prepare your staff to use the “Mathbuster MUSTs” (messages, understanding, skills, and thrills) to reduce math anxiety and build students’ confidence in their ability to learn math.
  • Select Y4Y “Mathbuster” trainings that meet your staff’s needs.


Ready-to-use tools with this course include a math anxiety self-assessment, research brief, planning checklist, Math Without Fear booklist, handout for families, Mathbusters Handbook (an idea-packed resource and reference tool for staff, math tutors, and homework helpers), and more.

Learn More Library

Visit the Learn More Library for links to videos and online resources to help you integrate math games, activities, and real-world learning into program activities; expand your knowledge of math terms, concepts, and grade-level standards; and nurture a can-do attitude among students (and staff) with math anxiety.

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