Monday, June 4, 2012

People who "like math"

Sometimes an adult will tell me, “I like math.” And I look at them incredulously, and I say, “Really?” “Yes, it always came so easy to me.”

This is a horrible reason to like math.

Students sometimes ask me if I like math. They wonder whether or not I go home and solve equations all night. And I say, “If you think that’s what math is, then no, I don’t like math. I don’t go home and solve tons of equations every night. What I do like is problem solving. And if I have a reason for using math, then I enjoy it very much.”

When you design your instruction, remember that your students probably feel the same way, with the possible exception of those who “like math”.

Nathan Kraft