Uhhhhh…I’m not really good at math.
Do you “speak” math? As a student in school, I thought that I didn’t, and that I was just a “really good reader,” and that I “wasn’t as good” in math. I later realized that (bless their hearts) some of my teachers did more assigning than teaching during math, and that may have contributed to my average performance. By the beginning of middle school, I decided that math was a language in which I needed to only be a casual apprentice, and that passing algebra, geometry and trigonometry (with lots of late night cramming) with satisfactory grades was good enough to get me into college.
Fast forward to my preservice teaching program…
To this day, I am grateful for my math methodology courses, because I learned to like math and realized that becoming proficient required perseverance and solid instruction. I learned, as Ms. Mora states in the video, “Math is hard, but you can do it.”
Watch this Upworthy clip. You may even want to share it with your students!