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Published: Oct 07, 2024
“Mathematicians are born, not made”[CITATION Mat15 \l 1033 ]. I was not born a mathematician and I came to terms with that along time ago. Math has never been my strong suite. It is in fact my worst subject in school. I struggled early on in math so the thought of taking math in college makes me extremely nervous. In elementary school I struggled with multiplication and division. In Junior High School I do not remember much from the math classes I took. In high school it was Algebra 1 over the course of two years and Geometry. I remember doing better in Geometry than Algebra. In high school I was in remedial math classes with a lot of behavior problems making it harder to learn. My feelings of math are one of hatred and fear.
I have studied general math in elementary school, pre-algebra in Junior High, Algebra 1, and Geometry in high school. When I completed the bare minimum math credits, I needed for graduation I was all too happy to stop taking math. In Elementary School taking general math I did ok with things like simple addition and subtraction. However, when it came to multiplication and division that was another story. I remember struggling a great deal with multiplication. For example, when learning multiplication, I fell behind and felt like I could not catch up. While my classmates they were moving on to more difficult multiplication problems and I was still struggling with the basics. I do not remember much from Junior High School math classes. Due to my low math scores when I entered high school, I was required to take Algebra 1 over the course of two years, Freshman and Sophomore year. Freshman year in the first half of Algebra 1 I remember the unique way my teacher would explain angles to the class. It was amusing to the students. Junior year when most of my friends had moved on to Algebra 2, I was taking Geometry. I remember more from Geometry than the two years of Algebra 1. My geometry teacher told us at the beginning of the school year told us “your either an Algebra person or a Geometry person”. I was apparently a Geometry person because I did much better in Geometry than in my two years of Algebra 1.
My feelings towards math are ones of hatred and fear. I think I block out most of my math classes because it was my worst subject in school. In Elementary School I remember homework taking hours to complete because I had such a hard time understanding it. In high school because I scored low on math tests, I ended up in the behavior problem classes, even though I did not have a behavior problem, that made learning even harder. I remember in High School dreading going to my math class because of the other students and because I just knew I would fail at another test. I was in jeopardy of not graduating high school because I could not pass the math potion of our state wide standardize test. That was a scary time for me. I never had a mentor when it came to math. I ca not say one teacher stuck out over all the others. Maybe if I would have had one, I would have different feelings toward math.
In conclusion, I was not born a mathematician, but I am ok with that I have many other great academic qualities. I struggled with math throughout my school career. I never had a math mentor or someone who stood out above my other teachers. Even now being back in school the thought of taking math in college makes me extremely nervous and scares me. I do hope one day I can move past this and begin to feel comfortable taking and eventually teaching math.
References
Poincaré, H. (2015, august 12). Retrieved from Math Quotes – Famous Quotations by Mathematicians: https://famous-mathematicians.com/math-quotes-famous-quotations-by- mathematicians/
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