Wow, thank you for writing this AND for truly educating kids who will otherwise continue to fear and hate math. Like I did. All my life. Then I had one professor (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) who taught Algebra for Dummies for English, drama, and humanities majors at Cleveland State University. She could explain any concept about fifteen different ways and had the patience of a saint. A light came on. For the first time in my life I understood how beautiful, precise, and elegant algebra could be. It was an epiphany.
I wound up transferring to Columbia University and moved to NYC to finish earning my BA in Literature Writing where I had to, yes, take that remedial algebra class again. But I was ok with that. Now I understood. I sailed into that class which was taught by a Russian teaching assistant, ready to gain more insight and mastery. This guy really should not have been teaching a bunch of math-phobes; he should have been teaching physics majors. When we didn’t understand a concept he would repeat his explanation word for word….but louder. We all failed the mid-term.
I still remember weeping in that classroom. I lived in the tutoring lab over at Barnard. I managed to barely pass that class and would never take a chance on another experience like that.
So knowing there are more math-philes who teach like that wonderful professor in Cleveland is heartening. Thank you!!!