Clark Atlanta University (Mathematics)
Georgia State University (Enrolled)
Mathematics plays a part of our daily lives! Therefore when my students (or anyone for that mater) ask, why will they need it? The first thing I want to know, is what within their future ambitions do they aspire for, where they think mathematics wont hold an integral part of that goal. I then attempt to offer a contradiction to where I show them otherwise. Offering someone a conceptual understanding of mathematics can often times lend way to learning mathematics in its practical sense, for those have a more difficult time seeing how it works. The first lesson of mathematics isn’t the understanding of numbers; rather it is the appreciation for it.
I guess appreciation is where my fervor and drive for STEM (Science Technology Education and Mathematics) comes from. Many are forced to learn that appreciation for mathematics later on in life. It may come in many ways. Often times when it is learned, its not too late, but there is an advantage of learning it early. Consider mathematics as a movie. When you come into a movie 20 minutes late, it’s hard to figure out what the basis or plot of the movie is about. Mathematics is the same way. With the advent of social media, games and music, comes a distraction for students. There is a false sense of immediate gratification, which comes from likes or digital friends, and negligence to subjects such mathematics, which just seems useless.
This is why, when in the midst of presently completing my master’s degree in Education with a concentration in mathematics at Georgia State University, and teaching my practicum at Sylvan Middle School, I started an initiative called Mid Transitions (MTP). The Mid-Transitions Program (MTP) is an urban inner-city transitional program designed to ready behaviorally challenging middle school students for their transition to high school through mentorship. It is primarily geared for inner-city students with behavioral problems who otherwise would remain unprepared, unmotivated and unaware of what entails a high school experience. I continued with the development of the MTP while finishing my second practicum at Maynard Jackson High School teaching advanced Algebra to 10th graders. I say this to say, I really want to see students and adults alike succeed and have a greater appreciation in mathematics. I approach my teaching with the same manner.
Presently my areas of tutoring covers an area that includes; Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, basic statistics, and Pre-Algebra. I hope that after my lesson, my clients will have a more profound appreciation for mathematics and understand how integral it is with everything they do. Yours truly.
Presently my areas of tutoring cover an area that includes; Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, basic statistics, and Pre-Algebra.
Mathematics is like a movie. Step into the movie late and you might have miss the plot. If you've stepped into mathematics late and you want to catch up and understand exactly what you've missed. I am here to help. Mathematics plays a part of our daily lives! Therefore when my students (or anyone for that mater) ask, why will they need it? The first thing I want to know, is what within their future ambitions do they aspire for, where they think mathematics wont hold an integral part of that goal. I then attempt to offer a contradiction to where I show them
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