Knowing that I have to teach math makes me a little nervous but I am willing to make my experience a positive one. Thinking back about my experiences when it came to learning math, I didn’t have the best experiences because I struggled to understand the different techniques and tools that are used when solving different equations. I do remember having a good experience when I was in elementary school because my teacher made my experience a fun experience by doing a
Learning all the conceptual ways made me nervous about teaching elementary math because I thought I was never going to understand it. I was and still do get frustrated at times with teaching elementary math, but I believe it is much better than it was a couple months ago. The way I f... ... middle of paper ... ...one because it helps the students focus on one lesson at a time and it helps you as the teacher not feel so rushed. In conclusion, this class was stressful for me, but I am glad I was a part of it. In the beginning I was very nervous that I would never understand the way elementary math is now taught, but after weeks of learning more about it I feel much better.
In Elementary School when I was learning how to read and write I experience what felt like the worst days of my childhood. I will never forget those days because I felt worthless and didn’t believe that I would make it through school. My first grade teacher at Fultondale Elementary School started noticing that it was difficult for me to read and write, so she pulled me aside from all the other students to see what I was doing wrong. As this continued I felt more and more like an outcast to my classmates. I remember the teacher calling my parents one day to set up a conference about what strategies they could use at school and home to help me grasp the contents of both reading and writing.
The homework we had was spawn upon us, and didn’t make sense half the time too. In 7th grade, I had this teacher named Mrs. Desessa who taught math pretty good. When she got mad though, she would take her anger out on us. Say if one student didn’t turn his homework in, she would take it out on all of us who turned our homework in. Overall, I feared coming to that class.
I also thought my math was for people who could not do math well, and the people who were in the highest math group were people who were smart, and could easily do math. I always felt judged by my peers as well because I was not in the same group as them. During my high school years my math teacher did take time, and work with the students who wanted extra help on their work. He would not move onto a different topic until everyone knew what they were doing which helped a lot because in my opinion you cann... ... middle of paper ... ...o see where they were with their math skills, and what they needed to work on. Then, last I would like to know what I could do if a child does not want to participate in math because I have found in my previous practicums that if child gets frustrated while trying to do math they will just leave, and go do something else.
There were many reasons I did not do well this year. It was my first time at a public school, the class was large, and the teacher did not explain things very well. I remember how hard it was learning how to factor, when later on in a different math class, I learned how it should not have been difficult. Since I didn’t do well in Algebra 1, it almost set me up for failure for the rest of high school. I never got anything anything less than a C, but grades have always been important to me.
Therefore, under the ordering of my rebellious heart, I started skipping classes and became lazy about school. The first two years of high school were still okay, which I still earning grades between A to C, but things soon got worse since I started my junior year. During my junior year of high school, I often skip classes, sleep on class, and don’t even do any of my homework. By the end of the school term, I ended up with failing all six classes and had my GPA way lower than the passing average. I and my parents had a big fight about the grades that I had and the school even had us sat in the parent center to reconcile our problem with a psychologist.
Once I noticed I was receiving extra help for math when no one else was, was the day my eyes opened up. I felt stupid, and immediately lost all confidence in my mathematic abilities. Many of my teachers were encouraging but I felt as though they did not actually care if I understood the material or not. For example, my middle school teacher was the coldest 7th grade math teacher in the whole school and she had a very bad reputation. She made me feel like the stupidest student in her whole class.
This tool reaches far past mathematics. I believe that students are not just buckets that we, as teachers, are to pour knowledge into hoping that none leaks out. I do believe though that the teacher should reach for opportunities to help connect the content material to previous knowledge and experiences of the students. As for the teacher’s role in the students’ lives, I feel again that he/she should be a guide for the students in their journey through mathematics. I feel that the teacher should help the students in their problems in the content and also be creative in teach... ... middle of paper ... ... the students’ lives.
I had to concentrate more in order to do well in all of my classes, especially math. I began to look at school as a challenge. I knew that if I was being taught certain material, then I should be able to learn that material successfully. Because of this, I perceived school as a challenge to accomplish a task in the best possible way. I knew that it would require effort, but I was determined to do my best in school because doing so would allow me to improve whenever I didn’t do an outstanding