Mathematics Autobiography

By: Harley Stine

My name is Harley and I'm 23 years old. I like to read, hang out with friends, and watch TV. I love cats & Audrey Hepburn. I have always struggled with math. I have never had a brain for math. It always looked like gibberish to me. I also get frustrated very easily when I don't understand concepts because I am a perfectionist. I do not have the patience to work through the many steps math requires. I make stupid mistakes in math ALOT which only adds to my frustration. ijust do not want to get a bad grade in math in college. I do not want math to hold me back anymore.

Due to the fact that I struggled so much in math, I was once pulled out of class to see a math specialist. They found that I was not incapable of performing math, I just had/have terrible math and test anxiety. When I was in 3rd grade we had to memorize our times tables up until the number 12. Once you memorized them you got to attend a pizza party. My teacher would make us recite them in front of a group of like 5 people, each time I failed because I did not know them AND because I was nervous. Needless to say, I never got to attend the pizza party like everyone else. I will always remember the embarrassment I felt each time I failed or when my friends went off to the pizza party at lunch time. From that experience I learned to never do that to my students.

The only thing I worry about teaching my students math is that I will not be able to help the struggling students. I feel that for some children to understand math it needs to be explained in numerous ways until one finally clicks for them. I know that for me to do that I must truly understand the concepts I am teaching.

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