Women teachers could be passing their maths anxiety on to girls, according to University of Chicago researchers who surveyed the attitudes of female first- and second-grade teachers about maths. In Ontario, Canada -- where more than 90% of such teachers are women -- one female teacher says she has overcome her anxiety over maths through professional development and uses enthusiasm for maths to prevent her students from becoming uneasy about the subject. "Now my kids walk around saying, 'I'm a mathematician,' " the teacher said.

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