January 15, 2007


I forgot about BOB =O. Like everyone else said, this unit went in depth in integrals. The part where we had to teach a buddy in class about what we learned the day before was EXTREMELY helpful! It made me listen harder, and do you work. I was excited about it. I think I did a good job and teaching my buddy. At least, I think I did. When problems were given to us on the board, sometimes I had no idea what to do and freaked. But when Mr. K explained it to me it was like "OHHH." It all just made sense. I missed the calculator part because I wasn't in class, but I figured it out. On our pre-test today, the part that got me was the last bit. Where it had to do with the intervals and all. I keep forgetting how to follow that specific way we have to write... GAHH...

Some thoughts =D

Some people are just gifted and interested in mathematics. I am not one of those people. It was actually my mom who made me take this course. I thought that I should go and take it b/c I get good grades and all. But grades are beside the point. Grades don't measure you intelligence! It's just a way of measuring the amount of work your willing to put into it. I think anyone could be intelligent and gifted if they truly worked at it. If you really want to be there and you are truly interested in what you are doing then you are willing to put a lot of effort in what YOU want to do. Not just because you think its what the "SMART" people do. I'm not labeling people but it is what people really think. It's just frustrating to have people think that you have to have high grades to be considered smart. I just don't think thats true. It's for these reasons why it hurts my marks and my motivation to do my work. Now don't get me wrong, I think mathematics is brilliant in many ways! However, it's just not for me. I'm the one who loves English, art and things like that. But I've done all this work and it's way too late to turn back. I don't want to turn back, I want to see what I can do. I think what I'm getting at is finding out what your interested in and this class actually helped me figure that out. Make your own choices and do what you want to do (as long as you know it will truly help you). It's all about "finding out who you are," so corny but true.

1 comment:

Lani said...

Hi Ashlynn,

It sounds as if you’ve been doing some serious thinking!! And it seems to me that those thoughts desire a response-- You’ve covered lots of territory so perhaps I could think with you about this notion of “smart" and ---?

I’m wondering if you’ve heard of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences which suggests that people can be “smart” in a number of different ways. You can find a description of the multiple intelligences here.

I do find his framework helpful in understanding how I best learn so that when I’m in a situation that really requires the kinds of “smarts” that are not my strengths I can try working in different ways for a positive outcome. I had to do that recently when I was asked to develop an online math course for teachers. My strengths are linguistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal so I don’t fall into the category of someone gifted in math. During the process, I can honestly say my brain hurt as I drew on my strengths and had to work in an area of weakness. My husband said when I finally successfully completed the course, “that one was not fun for you, but you learned even more that you are a ‘grinder’”. And he was right, I am. When it’s hard and difficult and doesn’t make sense, I draw on my strengths and grind it out to the finish. And in that process, I learn a lot about how to learn (even at 60 years old) and feel that I can approach tasks that I previously thought I couldn’t accomplish with a greater feeling of possibility. I’m sensing this is happening for you now with Calculus ( and I know I could be very mistaken).

I’m wondering too if “smart” is the key here or if it’s our attitude in how we approach what we do. Unfortunately I don’t always have the option of choice in what I do—the math course. That said, is it more about how we go about learning, is it really about the effort and our willingness to persevere in times that are difficult? And how much does that tell us about ourselves?

Thanks for the opportunity to consider this more,