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In this Tuesday, May 8, 2012 photo, second-grader Jessica Levy, left, works on math problems at Moreland Hills Elementary School in Pepper Pike, Ohio. As Ohio prepares by 2014 to join other states that deliver building-by-building percentages on classroom spending to parents and politicians, school treasurers and state funding experts are struggling to shove expenses as varied as guidance counseling, teacher pensions, school buses, furnace ducts, and playground equipment into a single two-category system. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)MoreCloseclosemore
In this Tuesday, May 8, 2012 photo, second-grader Jessica Levy, left, works on math problems at Moreland Hills Elementary School in Pepper Pike, Ohio. As Ohio prepares by 2014 to join other states that deliver building-by-building percentages on classroom spending to parents and politicians, school treasurers and state funding experts are struggling to shove expenses as varied as guidance counseling, teacher pensions, school buses, furnace ducts, and playground equipment into a single two-category system. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

"I hate math." "I'm flunking math." "Math isn't important for real life."

Those are refrains that many parents and math teachers are all-too familiar with.

But there's a movement in some math classrooms, where teachers are trying to get their students more excited about math. It's an effort to change what they call "math mindset," which teachers say can also impact math performance.

It's part of WBUR's series, Solving Our Math Problem.

Guests

Tonya Mosley, senior reporter for WBUR's Edify. She tweets @TonyaMosley.

Matthew Beyranevand, K-12 math coordinator for the Chelmsford Public Schools. He tweets @MathwithMatthew.

This segment aired on April 10, 2017.

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