The love of math is not exactly a popular topic for many. However, math plays a huge role in the novel Me and My So-Called Friends. It could also play a huge role in your life, too.
Like the character Lizzie in the book, what happens when you struggle with math? Does that mean that you’re destined to be poor at math forever?
A common question for most and it needs to be brought up and discussed.
We went to the top to find out this answer because this is a loaded question! Ms. Jennifer Wells is a math teacher at a private school in Toronto and this is her perspective on the subject of the love of math if there is such a thing.
A teacher’s perspective
Just because you are struggling in math, it doesn’t mean you should give it up. There are typically 4 kinds of math students who struggle:
The child who REALLY IS UNABLE to do the math.
It’s a small percentage, but there are students who truly struggle with the subject. This could be a hard pill to swallow for some parents. For some reason, if someone isn’t talented in art, they can drop it at the senior level, and it isn’t frowned upon. However, the opposite is true when it comes to math. There is nothing “wrong” with you if you can’t do the math. One who is struggling at a very intense level should abort the subject as soon as they are able and focus on subjects that bring joy and success.
The student who has no idea what is going on, but can memorize their way through.
Here, they can pass the high school courses, but will eventually struggle at the university level. At some point, you have to not just memorize the concepts but understand what you’re doing.
The student who just isn’t mentally ready for the year.
This is the main reason why a student shouldn’t give up math. Their brains need time to develop and understand the concepts. Usually, once they reach grade 11, the light goes on, and poof! They get it.
The student who just needs more support.
Sometimes the class teacher can’t connect with the student or doesn’t have the time to give someone on one support and an outside tutor is required. In this case, once the outside help is in place and it’s a positive experience, the student will realize that they are quite capable of succeeding and then it’s a snowball effect and lookout Isaac Newton!
Before you hit the “drop” button, weigh your options out carefully by reaching out to the appropriate people. You never know what you may need to get through.
Thank you, @Mathnasiumrichmondhill for the awesome photos!
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