My Life as a Mathematician
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Today I know that my foundational problem was number sense. I am not able to figure sums in my head with confidence, or estimate reasonably. Directions, distance and elapsed time take me twice as long as others. I am beyond thrilled that I can calculate tip percentages and sale prices on my iphone. (I used to use a piece of paper.) And yet, the holes in my math knowledge continue to haunt me.
My 14 year old daughter struggles with math more than I did at her age. This year, she is taking Algebra for the first time. My life as a mathematician now has become...relearning Algebra! But there is a big difference between then and now.
Now, I'm not alone.
I have sent messages out on twitter to get help from my PLN and immediately had some great resources and tutorials that helped us struggle through her homework assignments. And thankfully, her teacher has agreed to hold morning tutoring sessions this year. This has made a big difference in my daughter's comfort in asking questions and getting help in class. She now spends most of our evening homework time teaching me.
So my life as a mathematician is all about learning right now. So maybe I won't have to use my iphone apps to "figure" everything out all the time anymore.