Learning can be one of our lives' most fulfilling experiences. Or it can be downright dreadful. No matter where they live, students deserve a high quality learning program. They deserve to be engaged and inspired, to laugh along with goofy class jokes, and to feel validated because they have the same question as someone else in the room.
This must be our mission, and nothing less:
1.) to offer students a
gratifying math experience
2.) one that teaches them everything they need to know, at a high level
3.) one that leaves them feeling good about the subject, and themselves, afterwards
students need to learn math now, for their current coursework. But the
stakes of this moment extend far after their math courses are behind them.
Students carry with them both positive and negative memories of
for the rest of their lives.
Decades from now, they shouldn't be saying, "UGH, I'm just no good at
math." They could be saying, "You know I really enjoy math; it's all
kinda like a puzzle."
It's no secret that their relationship with math now impacts the rest of their lives.
Their career choices, self-confidence, and even just feeling
comfortable while talking numbers, or while handling their finances.
Some people... well, lots of people in fact, immediately associate math learning with negative emotions. And no matter how much a student, parent, or teacher valiantly grits their teeth and tries to get through it, we all know the truth. The truth is that no one can learn at their best if their mind and emotions are locked in a negative state.
That's the burning reason behind what I do. If such values resonate with you as well, then so too will this program. Thank you for considering it.