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My mission is simple...to help children realize they love Math. It's just not the name of the site. It's not just something I say. It is actually my belief that I can help children (and people) realize that Math isn't half bad. There are two key ways I strive to help get people out of denial 😉.
REMOVE THE INTIMIDATION OF MATH.
CONNECT REAL LIFE SITUATIONS TO MATH.
People do Math every day, they just don't realize it. People are better at Math than they think. I strive to remove the fear of Math by emphasizing the Math that occurs in everyone's everyday life ALL.THE.TIME.
ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
Many children fear Math because they struggle with computations and solving problems a certain way. I encourage creativity by exposing children to different strategies, but more importantly, I allow them to make their own connections and use creativity to solve problems. Though their creativity, students can understand how computations and standard algorithms work, which leads them to fluency in solving problems.
ELIMINATE THE FEAR OF MISTAKES.
Mistakes are encouraged, expected, and respected. Math is about children developing their own understanding. They must do Math and have a growth mindset to understand that they can learn from their mistakes. Mistakes are valuable in Math. Through mistakes, children begin to have a deeper understanding of Math concepts.
EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF MATH.
INCORPORATE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO STUDENTS' LIVES CURRENTLY AND IN THE FUTURE.
I show students how understanding Math helps to solve problems and execute plans in real life. I regularly create experiences in class and use students' real life situations to help them understand Math concepts.
SHOW HOW MATH IS USED FOR ARTS AND OTHER INTERESTS' OF CHILDREN.
Math is used to do more than Math. Integrating science, technology, and art into Math helps students see how understanding Math fosters the creativity needed to do these things.
Even though understanding and doing Math is a necessary skill for life, practicing Math has more benefits. I'm a witness. As a teacher these last couple of years, I have truly practiced Math. I continuously study it. I make connections and strategies
on my own. I constantly do Math WITH my students and NOT to my students. As a result,
I just think differently now and have improved in other areas of my life.
I PERSONALLY KNOW:
Practicing Math improves critical thinking and problem solving skills in real life.
Practicing Math improves logic and reasoning in real life.
Practicing Math sharpens the mind and improve cognition.
Practicing Math builds confidence and supports a growth mindset.
Practicing Math teaches us that there is always more than one way that we can solve our problems.