tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-19457872.post4853082108924049869..comments2020-05-25T05:37:46.037-04:00Comments on SpeEdChange: Changing Gears 2012: maths are creative, maths are not arithmeticAnonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01412837280249622430noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-19457872.post-78495150132830673192012-01-12T19:27:33.470-05:002012-01-12T19:27:33.470-05:00Math was something for me to get past instead of a...Math was something for me to get past instead of appreciating. If I had been taught math in a way that wasn't drudgery maybe today I would have been a physicist as well as a poet. I hate it when schools implicitly or explicitly categorize kids as one kind of kid or another.<br /><br />In high school I took a go at your own pace Algebra class. The Math teachers were actually good, ie, they knew their stuff. But not one of them took me aside and said, "whoa, this isn't a race," or maybe I would have better than a "D." <br /><br />I realize now, in teaching our younger daughter math that I really can do problems in my head. I do not want her feeling the same way I did. Math as a chore. <br /><br />When I went to college, my family pressured me to be a Business major. I took Business Calculus Much to my surprise, I got a C. Why then would I get a D in Algebra and a C in Calculus? That, to me, pardon the pun, never added up. I do think that K-12 teachers owe it to students like me to do a better job at engaging us. Who knows? Maybe I would have studied optics, which is something that enthralled me when I was in high school instead of being yet another English major.Miss Shuganahhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13200157646397610173noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-19457872.post-91522162491760001182012-01-12T18:58:44.717-05:002012-01-12T18:58:44.717-05:00Great post as always Ira. It has given me plenty ...Great post as always Ira. It has given me plenty to think about. I have been using coding in my Maths class over the last while with great success and have found that it has helped my Computer Science students connect with Math in a way that I haven't seen before.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com