Saturday, October 2, 2010

Why Math is EZ Mode

Let me just say that there is a great discrepancy in the quality of teachers. Not only that, but certain teaching styles are best suited towards particular types of students.

The main problem with this is that certain teachers simply teach in a subject where it hardly matters how good or bad they handle it. Take math, for example. Math is a very cut and dry subject where the rules are set in stone. If a teacher can go through a problem, explaining each part, and the class can understand it. Of course, there are some teachers that can't even manage something that simple, or do not understand mathematics enough to handle it. However, this issue of mine is not related to the intellectual capacity of a teacher, but rather, their teaching style. As long as the teacher knows the material, and can explain the more difficult problems to students on a 1 to 1 basis if needed, they will automatically appear to be excellent teachers.

Next time you hand in one of those surveys, consider what area your teacher is in. Are they truly suited for that area? Maybe they shouldn't be teaching Compilers and instead should be placed inside Extreme Thumb Wrestling.

36 comments:

  1. I enjoy Maths, it's just like solving puzzles and there usually only a few ways to get to the end and never much room to screw up too bad.

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  2. I love maths, gets my brain working and i actually feel smart adter doing it. Fuck yeah.

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  3. math is eh, but I've learned to enjoy it

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  4. I'm not too good at math but I do find that if the teacher is bad at it or just a bad teacher in it overall then my performance suffers greatly.

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  5. I actually did have a few teachers that would have been GREAT thumb wrestlers..

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  6. cool post i like it ;)
    supportin

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  7. lol. It is frustrating feeling you know more than the teacher or not being challenged enough.

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  8. the problem is that math teachers are just naturals at Mathematics. They don't know how to teach others and when you don't get it they don't understand why....

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  9. hey, this is one of my more favorite posts from you :)

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  10. i love when a teacher finds really creative ways to teach their subject, unfortunately creativity isnt usually a mathematicians strong suit

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  11. some teachers should NOT teach math.....

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  12. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

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  13. Alex DeLarge said...
    some teachers should NOT teach math.....
    October 3, 2010 1:17 AM


    >> Totally!

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  14. I loved maths in primary school, in secondary I just slacked a bit and things that confused me frustrated me, so I let it slip and just hated the subject really, felt overwhelmed by it.

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  15. Your own way is the best way...
    What a nice post man

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  16. Yeah maths always was pretty easy...

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  17. Solving problems is only one aspect of utilizing Mathematics.

    Good post.

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  18. I tutored my cousin once and I found explaining things in a way she would understand quite difficult. My brain does work in an odd way though.

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  19. I'm definitely not good at math. If a teacher can't take it slow and explain what's happening—without going into immense detail—I won't understand. Ever.

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  20. Couldnt agree more. When i was in university for CS I had some new teachers which were sooo bad with math. I really made sure next semester i looked into who i was getting.

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  21. good math teachers are definitely hard to come by, I'm glad my dad is good at math or i'd be dead.

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  22. So true, really depends on how teacher teaches, its hard to realize that sometimes teachers are the ones that scare us away from certain subjects

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