I shared some of the difficulties of my college class in previous articles. I’m actually studying algebra off. I had originally enrolled in pre-algebra but the course had been canceled. Since I was 14, I haven’t had math. Back then, I had a C in basic math.
I’m now introduced to balls, squares, circles, forms, and letters. It’s huge. I’m going to be 55 years old soon and I just got good without it. I used the core for tutoring. These are smart young people. I’m really grateful for this service. Them, I couldn’t finish the lesson.
What most confuses me on algebra is that, depending on the problem, the rules change. Alter in symbols. The numbers going up are going down. Add-on, delete, add, and shift division procedures. My thought process is “make up your mind” about whoever invented algebra.
The tutors are good, but sometimes I can’t help wondering if they think, “Is she really that dumb?.” If any of them will one day be teachers, I hope they will find common areas where people are struggling and talking about ways to be helpful. Some day, there will be children with the same challenges in their classrooms.
I don’t understand calculus, but I’ve had a good career and happily graduated from college before applying the current requirements. Without a machine, I never finished college. Imagine it. We read real books back then, typed on typing machines, and used phones on the wall. We came from another century.
Today’s school children can struggle despite academic topics but be talented in the fields of art, music, sports, voice, or writing. There is also an additional challenge for those learning a new language. Despite the large class size and less one-on-one focus, they are also challenged.
Make the choice for America’s future teachers to teach because you love to help people learn, regardless of their challenges.
I have been mentoring youth in the area, not with education, but simply with motivation. The kids in my life are refugees from other countries and my community, homeless. Everyone had their own problems and I helped in any way I could. I think I’ve made a difference.
We all know and have something to say differently. We are able to learn from each other. The classroom is just the beginning. The adventure begins after graduation.