tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post2716989507887593079..comments2020-05-29T07:18:49.453-05:00Comments on John the Math Guy: Why all the problems with Math?John Seymourhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11350487038873935295noreply@blogger.comBlogger12125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-29987278657831476632015-02-27T09:37:38.230-06:002015-02-27T09:37:38.230-06:00This is great. I met an obviously highly intellig...This is great. I met an obviously highly intelligent Russian programmer a few years ago, whose professor-parents spoke math to him from early childhood. They also made him write formulas down everyday, though he had no idea what they meant. He told me that in 4th grade, the lights came on and he became a math wiz. Fascinating concept. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-81862232480773862992014-03-24T19:27:09.245-05:002014-03-24T19:27:09.245-05:00I don't think any were offended, since I had e...I don't think any were offended, since I had established rapport with the class.... and they were used to me being funny..<br /><br />The little acting job was a caricature - a deliberate exaggeration of the feelings that even real mathematicians have when they encounter an unfamiliar problem. I would read the problem, then put on the "deer in the headlights" look and start moaning and crying... then verbalizing some of the self-defeating self-talk that convinces us that we are dumb. Then I would make an overshow of me trying to regain composure. It's alll about acting and channeling my own insecurities!John Seymourhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11350487038873935295noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-49881673076153697102014-03-24T14:16:00.679-05:002014-03-24T14:16:00.679-05:00John,
I'm not sure if you'll see this, s...John, <br /><br />I'm not sure if you'll see this, since it's such an old post. I'm wondering about your technique of letting yourself be flustered in front of the class. I think it sounds like a great idea, but how did you go about it? <br /><br />Did you add in some of that anxiety-erasing humor, and make it obvious that it was at least partially a show? If so, did this insult the students at all, like you were making fun of the confusion?<br /><br />Or did you really show your true confusion, making them feel related to? If so, did this make them feel like you were unqualified?<br /><br />Thanks!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-30204680431706800032013-08-14T14:31:08.798-05:002013-08-14T14:31:08.798-05:00Math is indeed a challenging subject for many peop...Math is indeed a challenging subject for many people. I struggled with math for years, and unfortunately I passed the math struggles down to my daughter. Although she attends a very decent public school in California, she still experienced issues with the subject matter especially during test time. But I vowed to not let my daughter continue to fail at math like I did, so I got her a <a href="http://www.onestoptutoring.com/view/register.php" rel="nofollow">math tutor in San Jose</a>. The tutor helped her tremendously! <br />Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08686126876975272958noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-45945042276783988252013-04-21T11:23:27.607-05:002013-04-21T11:23:27.607-05:00Hello Ahtisham Shah.
I would like to ask you how o...Hello Ahtisham Shah.<br />I would like to ask you how old are your students.<br />And if your recommented solution is effective to all of them.<br />Thank you. <br />Katerina Kalfopoulouhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11834357055855634435noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-60993190900118443182013-04-21T05:06:50.244-05:002013-04-21T05:06:50.244-05:00Hmm Interesting blog and great topic.. Well I thin...Hmm Interesting blog and great topic.. Well I think the math problems is same it is discussed.<br />Let's talk about the solution.<br />In my opinion we must realized what to teach and how to clear the concept of the students.<br />Second we must tell them how to use these mathematics in real life... Many of my students ask this questions....Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13463838597432491477noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-38209247348750152642013-04-20T11:59:15.282-05:002013-04-20T11:59:15.282-05:00One thing I do with my Algebra 1 class is occassio...One thing I do with my Algebra 1 class is occassionaly have them cite the variety of knowledge they need to solve a particular type of math problem. <br />I recently did this with solving a system of equations and we stopped when we got up to 30 math concepts. I wanted them to understand how many of the 30 things they already knew (add, subtract, etc) and that only a few had been taught in the current unit. I stressed anxiety and lack of patience is a bigger problem than lack of knowledge. <br />- TomAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-59926257922802187662013-04-19T10:55:32.519-05:002013-04-19T10:55:32.519-05:00I appreciate the comments Awadhoot and Μ+Λ, that t...I appreciate the comments Awadhoot and Μ+Λ, that this is not just a US problem. At the gut level, I don't find it surprising.<br /><br />Bon, I love your comment. It is sad that you were smacked-down for being a better teacher rather than conforming to a bad way to teach!<br /><br />John Seymourhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11350487038873935295noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-66799744338858611622013-04-19T10:10:56.653-05:002013-04-19T10:10:56.653-05:00I just got the smack-down on an observation report...I just got the smack-down on an observation report (as an adjunct for a remedial college math class) saying that I should have been better prepared. I responded to this basically with what you wrote in your post: "I intentionally under-prepare because I don't want students to think that there's no work and no struggle in this!"<br /><br />Thanks so much for writing this!Bon Crowderhttp://mathfour.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-50019112626023180962013-04-11T09:46:48.834-05:002013-04-11T09:46:48.834-05:00Good evening!
I have to say that math problem is j...Good evening!<br />I have to say that math problem is just the same all over the world.<br />It' s a global problem, unfortunately.Katerina Kalfopoulouhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11834357055855634435noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-17309678550104747892013-04-10T21:19:38.600-05:002013-04-10T21:19:38.600-05:00John I believe math problem is huge in India also....John I believe math problem is huge in India also. ...its very common, I think problem is teacher can't clear concepts of basic mathematics they just tell students to accept it as fact...as they also don't now especially in 7-10 grade. When I asked for explanation they told me to accept as formula latter on I learned basic concepts and found how those formulas are derived then I understood so many basic concepts.... Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15916873444403851446noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1840985738235902482.post-88835977954110697292013-04-10T09:44:04.132-05:002013-04-10T09:44:04.132-05:00Well said!Well said!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com