Day 21 —Find a job ad in the paper. Write about your life if you had that job
I begin my day teaching my children math with their servings of breakfast. For example, grams of cereal and mililitres of milk. I drop the kids off at school each morning. The back of my car is filled with the tools of my trade. I encourage the kids to “play” with them while we do the drop offs. Oddly enough none of their school friends want to be in my car, preferring the vehicles of friends with “fun” toys.
At work I tutor in NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) years 11 – scholarship, International Baccalaureate, IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), Tertiary and Civil Service Entry Exams. it is a full day of tutoring with the variety in the educational level of achievement but my area of expertise is math.
I see math in everything. This is reinforced by working at The Maths Clinic. I like to use real life examples to drive home mathematical equations. It seems to reduce the confusion and the frustration of abstract math equations and increase retaining a working knowledge of the equations for the subsequent exams and into their careers.
I know that some of our friends think that what I do is torture people. They feel especially bad for the children. Math in school and then more of it in a 1:1 tutoring session where they can not even hide at the back of the room and have a sleep. Our friends also note that many of my children’s toys are mathematical in nature with very few having no educational value.
I find that the education system is not positioned to effectively train children in a strong grounding of math. Which is why they end up in additional tutoring. My children will not be that way. I have also banned calculators at home. It irks me that they are used in school. I believe that manual math skills come first before the laziness of calculators.
You may be amazed that numbers should be as important as letters. They are. My children will be fluent in math as per international standards and I will not be relying on schools solely or tutoring services to get basic skills.