Despite my definite lack of recent blog posts,
bloggy thoughts have been bouncing about in my brain.
I have been having those chewy thoughts that need
to be captured in words, so I can see them better, but
time and patience and life keep getting in the way.
Absolutely all of those tough morsels of persistent
ideas revolve around math. Yes, I have math on the
brain. I believe I mentioned in another post that I
have 5 math students this school year, and perhaps I'll
have a 6th in the new calendar year.
Some of my students just need a nudge to make sure
they're getting the details, or perhaps they need a
reminder that math can be fun and exciting, not a
drudgery or something to be feared. I want my students
to be suprised when we're out of time, not counting
the minutes until I release them. Recently, one of them
kept saying, "This isn't fun. This isn't fun." to the algebra
we were working through, but when I said it was time to
go, she said, "What? I don't want to go! Really? We're done?"
A few of my students seriously struggle with math learning.
Those numbers with their ways and rules, are slippery
and their brains need concentrated help to grab on and
comprehend. It's these students that fire my deeper
curiousity. I want to know more, understand more,
research and learn more whys and hows.