When I enrolled into Math for Elementary Teachers I knew for sure that is was going to be an easy class, but was I wrong. Elementary math has changed a lot since I was in elementary school, which was a complete shock to me. I was taught the procedural way, or as I like to call “lazy way,” and now students are being taught the conceptual way. I never heard of the conceptual way of teaching until taking this course, but I have to say I like this way a lot better than the procedural way. In the beginning I was scared about teaching elementary math because I thought I would never understand math the way students do now.
I knew that I was going to have to take the Praxis Core Tests since I did not score high enough on my ACT. One problem with me learning mathematics is that I tend to forget everything once the class is over. This was shown to be true when it came time to take the math portion of Praxis. I took practice tests, but it was not enough. I tried twice and did not meet the score requirement.
During this time I get to be with my family and do so many fun things together. I am grateful for this time with them because some people don’t have the gift to have a family or spend time with them. Some day in the future my parents and siblings won’t be around, so I have to spend as much time as I can with them. I have to use the time I have with them for the rest of my life. I am thankful for family time because I get to have fun and laugh with the best people in the world.
The drive to learn more and share what I learned exposed me. After fulfilling the algebra requirement, I realized that I enjoyed algebra. So I took more math classes, just for the fun of it. I stayed up late, working additional problems, caught up in the thrill of understanding. I became an unofficial tutor, helping my classmates with factoring and linear equations.
They are always helping me through situations, whether it’s with friends, teacher, and money worries. I have a great family, and to have them cheering me on while working and going to school is one of the biggest accomplishments that I could have. They are always telling me to do what I need to do, to be a better student, and that makes it easier for me to work hard. The reason why my family is important to me, is not because of their support, but the family I have has gone through so many tragic things, and we have gotten through them. My family is strong, and can make it through anything.
During my life I have been exposed to many kinds of people of all ages and ethnicities which have taught me things that I may have never learned. Thinking back, through all the memories and times, I got a taste of each persons personality in my personal experiences with them. I found many of those people who I enjoy to be with because we share that common ground that lets you be yourself and feel comfortable. It really feels good to gave friends on the same level as you. Friendship is a very personal and unique thing.
I used to struggle with multiplication tables to the point where I would fail all of the in class quizzes. With plenty of practice and help from my grandmother, I have improved greatly in that area. This helps me complete more difficult math problems much faster. I have learned the concepts behind math as well as the math itself. In my calculus class, my teacher would always explain how a formula was created and why it works before he explained how it was used.
You are really smart. I was thinking: “if I cannot do this, then no one can.” From last conversation with her I always talked with her after the class and asked her questions. I even forgot I did not like her before. Later in the next exam I got the highest score in math. Now I know I am probably not the smartest person in the world, but I know it is Shelly who said: “You are really smart!” that changed my world.
My math teachers were not the greatest and I had a lot of trouble grasping the concepts, which made me overly anxious for the tests. If my high school experience with math had been better then maybe I would have taken more math classes in college and would be more confident in my mathematical abilities. Book summary and parts that were intriguing or frustrating This book aims to help people feel more comfortable with math and not be so afraid of it. Marilyn Burns goes through
I developed normally like other kids my age, only being behind in speech. A problem I did not know I had, a problem my parents thought would correct. It wasn 't until I started school that my teachers noticed that I was extremely behind in reading and writing. I began taking speech therapy, and this continued until I reached middle school. Meanwhile, I was always behind my classmates in basic math and English skills.