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Mathematics Autobiography January 14, 2014

Posted by jennienorgaard in EMTH 350.
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Throughout high school I had a really good mathematics experience. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to become an educator and more specifically a math major. Apart from this, I also enjoyed helping my classmates out in the different math classes we had to take in high school. I also enjoy dealing with numbers and the different challenges that come along with math.

Mathematics to me is more than just numbers and knowing how to apply different operations to these numbers. Mathematics is something that you need to know how to do for your every day life! I believe mathematics is an important subject to learn, as it is an important aspect to our daily lives. Mathematics is a great way to work on developing the mind of individuals. I believe that more people should learn how to do mental math instead of always relying on the different sources of technology that surrounds us, such as cell phones, tablets, calculators, or computers. That being said, I also think that technology could have a huge impact on helping people understand and develop a better sense of mathematics. This could be done as long as everyone utilizes the technology that we have instead of always abusing it. It isn’t essential to take out a calculator right away when you are given a simple math problem to solve. I believe that it is more important to take a couple minutes and actually think about the problem we are given instead of referring straight to our different sources of technology. I think it is important to be able to teach mathematics in a variety of different ways instead of the traditional teacher lecturing students. I believe it is important to incorporate the three different learning styles as well as making learning as authentic as possible. I solely believe that if you can bring real life situations and problems into mathematics, your students will be more interested in the topic, more engaged in your lessons, and will be able to understand mathematics at a different level when they can relate it to real life.

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