I would either play Club Penguin or look around the internet. However, I was always curious how computers worked and functioned. I was always interested with what was happening on the inside. So when I finished setting up my new Computer and after using it for a couple days, I couldn't stop thinking about opening the computer to look at the internals.So, with a screwdriver I "borrowed" from my dad's tool box, I unscrewed some screws, slid off the case, and gasped in the computers glory.
I remember walking as a class to the computer labs in third grade to learn how to type on a computer. The computer program we used was Type to Learn. There would be fun little games that involved fast typing, with each level it got harder and we had to master a new skill. My elementary school made us practice Type to Learn until we went to middle school. Once I got to middle school we started learning how to write short papers and would eventually type them in a computer lab.
I did not know this going into this class because I was completely caught off guard with all the manipulatives students do now. Multiplication was not my favorite in elementary school because I would always get confused and learning the ways students do now confused me even more. I had never heard of the lattice method or used manipulatives to solve multiplication like students do now. I think it is great because if I were given these options maybe I could have done better. Learning all the conceptual ways made me nervous about teaching elementary math because I thought I was never going to understand it.
I was taking pre-algebra, and I was struggling with learning the concepts. I just could not seem to get all the steps in the right order ever. My dad, who is a math genius in my opinion, showed me how to use a sophisticated calculator that would help me check my answers. He would not let me do my homework with it, but he allowed me to check it with his calculator. The teachers always made us show all of the steps, and if we used calculators the steps would be missing on the paper.
Upon joining the regular class, I was getting A’s and felt under challenged which confused me even more. I spent the next two years of middle school in the regular math courses, fighting my advising officer to try to get back in Honors because I knew I could do it. High school I was more determined to prove myself. I started freshman year in the honors cou... ... middle of paper ... ... real world today. Not to mention, it’s essential for students to be able to discuss, redefine, and critique theirs and others understanding of mathematics and ideas.
In high school geometry and my first year of college, I too did not understand proof. I felt like many other students, frustrated by the fact that we were asked to prove theorems that the book had already told us were true. It was as though the instructor was playing magical games on the chalkboard and all of the sudden we had a proof. However, as time progressed, I began to see the beauty of proof. Then, mathematical induction introduced me to the power of proof.
 Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him.  At thirteen he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school.  When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students.  Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer.
Soon, Newman and his parents realized that he was a computer programming genius. Mark’s parents then bought a new computer, a Quantex 486DX that ran Windows 3.1, and started programming his new computer. Mark attended public schools for elementary, middle, and his first two years of high school. He attended Ardsley High School, where he was supremely talented in science and math. Sadly Ardsley was not in his level of expertise, so Mark was transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy, an expensive private school, located in New Hampshire.
I took computer classes from second grade all the way up until I graduated from high school. Each year I was learning how to type faster and learning about new computer programs. I was taught how to build a Power Point presentation, how to make an Excel spread sheet, and all the ins and outs of Microsoft Word. I have felt very comfortable with computers because of this. When I was in elementary school I would use the computer for games and to draw on Paint.
My first two years of high school I had enrolled in computer science courses, which I thought was going to be a typing class. Although there were some typing tests, the course was primarily to teach students how to create a variety of documents and how to perform proper research. I believed that I knew quite a bit about computers, but this course was going to expand my knowledge to lengths I did not expect. In these courses ... ... middle of paper ... ...ine courses once again proved to work in my favor, last semester I was awarded Dean’s List. With everything I have been through since I was diagnosed with Lupus, I feel as though I have exceeded my expectations for myself.