“When am I ever going to use this?!?” Is a plaintive refrain often heard by the mathematically challenged. Every single day is the short answer. Math uniquely exercises our left brain processes by using only logic and predetermined rules. We don’t get to decide what the rules are or if they’re just. They are completely objective and there is only one answer. Math forces us to develop our left brain capacity that is applicable to many things in day to day life. That doesn’t mean it needs horrid and boring however! Students are surprised at how much more fun this intrinsicly dry subject can be with a happy, positive, affirming adult “in the trenches” with them. This is by and large the most requested subject that we teach, which has made for experts! As always, there are a number of ways we strive to make this as fun, interesting, and pertinent as possible.
-Beggining number theory
-Multiplication and Divion tables
-Multiplication through Drumming
-Algebra I and II
-AP Calculus (AB & BC)
-SAT Prep (includes Algebra and some very basic Trig)
We enjoy being able to point out how their is math in everything and to try to make it as interesting and fun as possible.
AnneMarie has a collection of hand drums, which she uses in her “Math and Drumming” class which will often be with a small group of 2 or 3 students, but can be individual as well. Students are responsible for reciting times tables that go in time with the beginning of a new measure or “beat” in a small little drum circle which is not your parent’s Math class!
James utilizes his tablet’s stylus and asks that students do their math work on the tablet, which is passed between tutor and student. The tablet offers a variety of tools, colors and ways to write down math curriculum work. If steps are missing, they can be inserted by the tutor, or corrected. However, the student is responsible for writing down the steps that led them to their answer. This way there is a digital copy of each math tutoring session which both tutor and student have and can reference later for home study.
We like to give students the opportunity to show that they can find math in their environment by offering to analyze the calculus of things like the boardwalk rollercoasters, ie the( derivative is zero when it slows down at the top of the track) or something as simple as counting out 100 shells on the beach. We take math seriously but live to make it fun.
In an age where everyone has a calculator(computer really) in their pockets, it is important that students know the underlying framework that is Mathematics if they wish to pursue studying any kind of science, medicine, engineering or even music!