Humor and Music in the Mathematics Classroom - Abstract

James G. Eberhart
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2000)
Pages 395–395


In the first meeting of my class in Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning, many of the Liberal Arts students in this required course willingly admit to having math anxiety. With a large lecture hall full of students it isn't possible to deal individually with this problem, but it is necessary to respond in some way to these feelings. First. I assure my students that help with the course is available from me and also from two Learning Centers we are fortunate to have on our campus. Second, I tell them about a student in last semester's class who was so anxious that he wasn't able to sleep through any of my lectures. We all laugh a little and some of the tension is dissipated.