Tuesday, September 29, 2009

And Another Thing....

Ok.  Enough about math.....right after this post.  No matter, math always brings up a story for people.  Usually not such good memories, but,  ocasionally someone will say, "I really liked math." or "I was good at it." 

If your children love it, you don't need to read the rest of this.  Just don't brag to your friends because it is a tearful subject in a lot of homes. 

I'll confess that I flunked a math class in college.  Actually I made a D+ but you can't do that in your major so I had to take it again.  Lots of reasons for that.  But I know the pain of not having a clue and just not getting it.

If you have little girls, encourage them especially.  Girls are as good at math as boys.  It's not "ungirly".  A smart, girl geek can be quite sexy!  A lot of the time girls don't get that push in this subject.  My niece just finsihed GA Tech and is in Italy right now finishing her masters.  She is as sexy and smart as they come....and blonde! Remember Winnie, the cool girl on The Wonder Years?  She is now a mathematician among other things.

Parents say, "I wasn't good at math so my kids aren't either".  What's that about?  It just means you understand that it's hard for them.  By telling your children that, it gives them permission to be so-so when they could be better. We don't mean it that way.  We just mean to be encouraging. I don't mean to pressure them.  Just realize that your experience isn't theirs. 

Math struggles at your houses?  Find out why.  Meet with the teacher and counselor. Get extra help early in the year.  Support them and encourage them to stick with it, ask questions, sit in the front, do their homework, don't miss class and on and on.  It's still early in the school year.  Now is the time to jump on any problem areas and make sure your child has the support he or she needs to be successful.

Ok. I'm off my soapbox.  Got it out of my system.  Go play! No more math! I get that.

                                      

19 comments:

  1. I'm one of the few who'd say that I liked Math.Ö I still do. Sorry, that was really a very geeky thing to say. But I owe it a lot to my Mom. She really has been very patient with me when it comes Math when I was a little girl and eventually came to love it -- I wouldn't go to what extent. LOL. Lemme know if you wanna know.

    I'm hopping from Traveliztera's blog. Saw your comment in one of her posts. Have a good day.Ü

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  2. Miss Sandra,
    I excelled in my goesintas, i culd goesinta all they way up.
    HUGS

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  3. Russ, Thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to meet another math geeky type!! And you are a young, beautiful one too! I am sorry for your country right now. My BFF works for Red Cross here in USA. We just had a flood here in GA, unheard of. One entire school was submerged up to the roof! Thanks for volunteering. It will come back to you.
    Sandra
    Mathy,Techy,Artsy Fartsy sends love.

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  4. Bob, I absolutely know you did. You just try to fool people, but not me. I got yo number.
    Sandra

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  5. With the right teacher and tools math can be fun=) Found you through Blog for a Cure

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  6. math and me are not friends and shall never be friends. my son is very good at it and i have really supported him quite enthusiastically b/c i don't want him to struggle with it like i did

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  7. I was never good at this ,but my children are doing well in this subject and I am very happy about it..

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  8. You're right, Sarah, it can be fun with teacher you connect with.

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  9. SFTC,
    You've got plenty of company. Most people don't like it. You are such a great writer...that is where your talent is, or at least one place. Great for your son! If he likes it, that's half the battle.

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  10. What's frustrating I think is when a parent doesn't have the talent or knowledge to help a child with math. What happens is that the child assumes if the parent can't do it, they can't, and so it perpetrates.

    We called the school counselor who can do nothing. We called the teacher who knows the kid is struggling and offered to help after school. After school the kid is watching his little brother, so we had to rearrange child care to get the kid to tutoring.

    And he's still failing. *sigh*

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  11. Tough situation. After school help is good, the more the better. The more you can pinpoint the problem, the better. Is it homework? Is it paying attention? Is it a weak background? Is it work not turned in. On and on. Once you know that, you have a chance to go after it. When it's just "he's having trouble" that's too broad. What is the reason? Go from there.Good luck. If i can help figure it out, let me know. I am an academic coach.

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  12. I'm "not good at math", but I still love to problem solve... there is something so thrilling about figuring it out. Totally agree that we have to inspire our kids to learn with enthusiasm!

    I'm stopping by from Blog for a Cure!

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  13. Problem solving IS math and from you have learned to save at the grocery store I'd say you are very good at math! Congratulations.
    Will visit soon.
    Sandra
    Mathy,Techy,Artsy Fartsy sends love.

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  14. I'll never forget: My 3rd grade teacher told me I'll never be good at math... therefore, I wasn't. I never had any confidence after she told me that crapola.

    Be careful, people what you tell our youngsters. You never know what they'll do w/ that info.

    -Dayne

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  15. Yes, that is crapola! I had a prof tell me once that I shouldn't be a high school teacher, that I should teach elementary school. Proved him wrong! You are right, careful what we say.
    Sandra
    Mathy,Techy Artsy Fartsy sends love.

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  16. Sandra,

    He's in Geometry and simply not grasping it in any capacity. He did okay in Algebra I, not stellar, but average you know.

    We did ask the counselor after the first 3 weeks of school if he could be transferred into Algebra 2 rather than failing this semester, but she said no, it was full. He has to complete Geometry through December, and then can transfer over to another class.

    He is trying but the concepts are alluding him.

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  17. Oh, and on homework he usually is able to muddle through between after school tutoring and friends, but he's still failing every test and quiz.

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  18. Ryan says that he can't retain what it is that brings him to the answer. He might fall on it and get it right after hours of frustration with tutoring, friends, etc on homework, but then when he gets put on the spot he can no longer remember how to get to the answers.

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  19. Marsha, Wish I was a few hundred miles closer! I tutor Geometry privately. I have filmed many lessons...very simple explanations that he could see at home if I could figure a way to get them to you. Too long to post on youTube. It would be my pleasure if I can figure it out. Also there is lots of Geometry stuff on this blog back in the archives very beginning. Might help him later on.

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