I had never taken an online course on mathematics before I began teaching at a math high school in southern New Jersey.
I had no idea that, by the time I was finished, I would have saved over $200,000.
The $200 million was just one of the many lessons I learned in my years as a math instructor.
Here are 10 lessons that helped me teach students to save, maximize and learn math.1.
“Don’t make math math.”
When you make math a part of everyday life, you can save a lot of money.
In fact, a recent study found that math teachers save money by teaching students to “make math math math” instead of “math math” as they did in my school.
When students know that math is important, they learn to be critical of their teachers and to be able to see the good in others.2.
“Learn to ask questions.”
One of the most powerful things I learned as a high school math teacher was to ask students to make a decision for themselves.
Students learn to recognize that if they have an incorrect answer, they can easily ask a question like “Do you want to know more?”
Instead of just asking questions, ask questions that will get students to ask other questions.
For example, I taught math students that it is a good idea to check a calculator before making a purchase.
In my class, students asked, “How much does a calculator cost?”3.
“Ask for help.”
In high school, I had a number of math teachers that were really supportive and helped me to understand the concepts of calculus.
When I started teaching in my own classroom, one of them told me that he felt he was “getting by” because he did not need help.
Instead, he was just “making math math,” which is to say, teaching the students to be more patient and to ask more questions.4.
“Keep track of time.”
The most important lesson I learned at my high school was that math can be used to track a lot more than just money.
In addition to making math more important, it can also be used as a way to manage time.
I learned that time is very important in learning and that a good teacher can help students to learn to organize and prioritize their time.5.
“Have a plan.”
The best way to teach math is to have a plan.
In the summer, I always had a calendar for my classes, and I used a “calendar plan.”
In that plan, I used all the math problems in the week and divided it up into a number that I could work with each week.6.
“Never forget to smile.”
When I was a kid, I thought it was weird that a kid in the fifth grade would smile at a clock.
But as a teacher, I have realized that smiling is the most important thing a student can learn.7.
“Teach yourself to read.”
Many students have an innate ability to read, which makes it important to teach them how to read well.
I have always felt that a student with a reading disability should be taught to read.8.
“Use the word ‘no.'”
The most useful lesson I taught my math students was “Use math math to read” instead.
It is the way to use math that makes a student “read.”9.
“Be a mentor.”
The students who are the most likely to succeed are the ones who are willing to listen and who have a good relationship with their teacher.
It takes a lot to be a good mentor, but it can be done.10.
“You can do it.”
If you are a math tutor and you want your students to achieve their dreams, you have to be prepared to work with them.
I believe that every person can have a great career in math and math education.
I hope you find this article helpful.