Math Tutor?

I do not have a good relationship with math.  As a matter of fact, I hate it.  It gives me hives and makes me want to hide under the bed.  I just could not be bothered to learn my facts when I was in school, and the ones that I did learn had an annoying habit of dissapearing when I needed them.  I’m sure the intense anxiety I felt when faced with math did not help me to be available to learn.  And my poor father.  He would spend hours every night sweating over my homework with me.  I can still hear him saying “The rules don’t change Jan!”  Why couldn’t I remember them when I moved from problem to problem?

My problem with numbers extends to the numbers of highways.  I-290 AND I-294 guys??  Really?  You have to be kidding me!  How an I supposed to remember which of those numbers I want to drive on?  I would try to fix the road number I wanted in my head, but then those slippery little devils would insist on sliding around and changing position.  I had number soup in the brain and a certain anxiety of being lost and never coming home again!  Why couldn’t they have given the highways nice names like Buttercup and Aspen, for example, so I could have a fighting chance?

I didn’t know if I would graduate college because of math.  I had to take a running start with some remedial classes.  I worked very hard and each semester my grade went down one level, but I managed to pull that C in College Algebra and rejoiced that I would never have to face math again in my life!  Or so I thought…

Recently I was asked to tutor a child in math.  I had tutored her older brother and her mom informed me that her daughter only wanted me, and no one else.  Oh the irony!  Here I am on the other side of the math struggling equation.  I fear not being able to help–kind of the blind leading the blind.  But on the other hand, I hope that I am the perfect person for the job.  I can share my own struggles, and I have complete empathy.  I can tell them that they can be a smart wonderful person even if those pesky math numbers are only visitors and not permanent residents in their brains.

 

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Author: jet197

A Spanish speaking elementary resource teacher, single mom with two grown kids and a pasión for the outdoors and books. I am a big curious question mark always pondering with a penchant for poetry.

9 thoughts on “Math Tutor?”

  1. Oh my goodness, this slice made me chuckle. I love the way you describe your relationship with numbers. I think you are absolutely the best person for the job. You will know exactly what she needs to hear to help her get through her struggles.

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  2. Kudos to you for taking on this tutoring. Yes I think you will be the perfect match for a struggling student. Your math may not be so good, but your writing is wonderful and enjoyable to read. Thank you.

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  3. I remember my father talking to me about interstate numbers. Odd ones go north and south; even ones go east and west. And that’s mostly true. However, we have a “beltway” around the capital city of PA and guess what? They’re all odd numbered interstates and state routes. So that went out the window!?!?

    I’m not a big math person either. You should check out Elisabeth Ellington’s blog post today. She, too, isn’t a big fan of math! thedirigibleplum.wordpress.com

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  4. Again, what a twist of events. I love that you share your distaste for math, but then agree to be a math tutor! I think it could also be a learning experience for you both and strengthen your math skills too! We are doing first grade “common core” math at home and learning so much. 🙂 I think it’s awesome that you can share in the growth mindset about math … and remember, there are letters in math too:
    a + b = c, right? Best of luck!

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    1. Why yes, there are letters! I wonder if there is a code to make any math equation into a poignant or funny poem? But I did have the most fun I’ve ever had with math with my student and it was indeed empowering for me too. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

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