Math Is Cool, How About You?

I Remember when I was in second grade, my class went to market place of the town with everyone carrying a small abacus,  we were given unit price and the number of items assuming to buy, then each student was asked to calculate the total prices for each item, using multiplication method with our abacuses, I was the fasted to arrive a conclusion with correct answers most of the them. the math teacher was very impressed, and that made me smiling all the way back home.

As the subject becomes harder, I started to like some other subjects such as Transitional Proses,  Poetry, English, and Chemistry.  Chemistry is my strongest subject in High School because I found myself very good at solving chemistry problems during big tests. In general, students are given certain clues and required to figure out the substance implied in the problems. It is like finding solutions to riddles, I always wrote out all the give data on my papers and use logic and math skills to get a my answer. Mathematical thinking skills played a big role in my ability to excel in Chemistry, only those who have good patience, fast computing ability, and flexible analytic skills could stand out,  I am grateful to my early experiences and trainings in math.

Not being confident enough to major in math, and not really being  interested in becoming a professional in Chemistry,  I finished my college with a degree in Materials Management Engineering and got a job in power management company.

After coming to the U. S. A.,  I got a degree in Elementary Education  and in Pure Mathematics, and learned various math teaching and learning strategies. I realize that teaching mathematics is what I have always enjoyed in the past years, and it will be something I plan to continue doing  rest of my life.

Many people don’t enjoy this subject, they believe that they have No talent in it, which is not true. Math is learn-able and could be very fulfilling once you get it! I love math the way it is! There are creative ways to help students at all grade levels to master the concepts.

About five years ago, when I started to teach college freshmen Pre-Calculus, a little verse jumped into my mind,  and I have written it  down on board for my students, most of them liked it. and now I share it here,  you may replace math to anything you like most.

Math is cool,

If you know the rule;

Math is fun,

If you are its fan;

Math is tough,

If you don’t study hard enough,

Math is cool,

How about you?


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Appreciating Fears

Everyone has fears!  Fears often knock at your door in an unexpected way. It may appear in a form you may not be able to recognize it. But it is there and is part of your feelings!

Some people quit and give up their dreams due to their fears of gossips, failures, stresses, and low self-esteem or low-self-confidence! While others find a way to deal with them.

It is important that you recognize fears and learn the ropes of handling them.

Believe me,  fear is manageable if you learn to embrace it, take it to your heart and study it, try to understand and appreciate it.

Fear will disappear if you grasp the art of living with it. You can turn fear into power inside, which keeps you from harm, reminds you of things that are important, and offers you access and tools to face the wounds and begin the healing!

Overcoming your own fears could involve some activities, such as talking, listening to other people’s experiences, reading, writing, visualizing, and mediating.

Please appreciate your fears, feel them and feel them completely. Enjoy the daybreak when the dawn eventually comes to an end. Smile widely and loudly to celebrate your triumph for successfully managing your fears!

There is nothing to be feared about if you face fears and find ways to settle them down!