A question that I have heard many times from my own students and others is this: "When am I ever going to use this?" In this post and future posts, I'm going to address possible answers to this question, and I'm going to also take a look at what mathematics educators could learn from the question itself.
Let's look at the answer first. When I was in school myself, the most common response given by teachers was a list of careers that might apply the principles being studied. This is the same response that I tend to hear today.
There is some value in this response for a few of the students, but the overwhelming majority of students just won't be solving for x, taking the arcsine of a number, or integrating a function as part of their jobs. Even as a total math geek, I seldom use these skills in practical ways outside my tutoring relationships.
Can we come up with something better, that will apply to every student? I say that...
So I've reached capacity again this year on students, but I'm trying something new. I've created a Waiting List rather than hiding my profile. I'm curious if I'll have a number of students waiting for the same subjects, which will allow me to come up with new ways to help everyone. Perhaps if I have several students uptown (or wherever) I will be able to offer a group lesson that any/everybody working on the same subjects can attend and help out people on the waiting list.
If you're looking to get inspired about Chemistry, I recommend you check out the very cool reactions in this video:
Or if you're a student (or a parent) trying to convince yourself (or your child) about the importance of working hard at Math & Science, I recommend checking out these infographics: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/7/6910485/13-charts-that-explain-why-your-college-major-matters
Monday, December 9, 2013
More families are looking for alternatives to traditional public schools. School closings and teaching faculty reductions are leading to over – crowded classrooms that don’t seem to meet all student’s needs. Home schooling is one educational option available to families seeking an alternative to their local public school system. This article highlights four things that will help you get your home school off to a good start while meeting all of your student’s educational needs.
1. What can you teach successfully?
As an adult, chances are you can remember that one subject you were good at in school. Whether it came naturally for you, or you simply studied hard and still remember the content, you probably know the subject well enough to teach it to your home school students. However, you should still take some time to decide whether or not you can teach the subject to your students. Unless you have teaching experience as a classroom...
This man taught me science and to be myself. He respected me and made me believe in myself. He played guitar in class, showed pictures of his son, and shared stories with us. He made the class real and interesting. He inspired me with notes on how I was doing in class to be better and to push myself. He didn't push me past a point of not caring, like some teachers do. He inspired me to work with kids as a career.