Math is challenging for various reasons:
- It involves numbers and not just words that we use on a regular basis to communicate.
- It is a language all of its own so students have to learn the language as well as the concepts.
- We teachers sometimes make learning the math more challenging.
I want to elaborate on this last reason. The photo above speaks to this. We present a topic. If the students struggle there is a tendency to “dumb down” the topic to rote memorization of a meaningless set of steps. Below is 1 of dozens of examples of memorization tricks we use. I call these Math Rulz.