Workin' On It Wednesday 3/5/14
I'm kind of behind this week, so I don't have any materials to share. But, what I have been working on is making my daughter "struggle" with math...does that sound wrong? During the past week, I
started thinking about how I used to spend time figuring out my math (Alg, Trig, Calc) when I was in high school. I had no one to help me or show me what to do if I made mistakes in my homework. I would check the answers in the back of the book, and if they were wrong, I took the time to work backwards and forwards again, until I figured out the solution (or got as close as possible!). Sometimes it was a real struggle for me, but I am the kind of person who likes to figure things out, and I tend to not give up until I find the answers. Reflecting on this, I believe I became a better math student as a result of these struggles.
Thinking about this made me realize that my daughter (9th grade) never really has to struggle to figure out her algebra work, because when she makes a mistake, I point it out right away and explain the correct process....and now I'm wondering if my help hasn't been as helpful as I'd hoped it would be. Soooo, this week, I explained my math struggle "history" to her, and then forced myself to sit back and let her find her own mistakes....tough for me, but I think the results will be positive!
What are you working on?