As a student starting off their schooling career there is a heavy focus on two subjects, that being Math and English. Within my elementary school career, I excelled in math and seemed to struggle with English as I was an ESL student. I struggled with English for years, but was able to learn Math very quickly. As a Mexican- American student, my family was not able to provide as much help with English as they were with Math. Regardless of any language barrier I could have had with teachers or my own parents, math was something I could grasp. I remember by third grade year, I had mastered multiplication tables and I was extremely proud of myself. However, by the time I began middle school I was already losing some of my strength in math. Starting middle school, I was placed into all honors math programs which was something I questioned. I myself didn’t feel that I was at a level where I should be placed in honors courses but I didn’t fight it. All was well until I began my eighth grade year, where I took Algebra. I didn’t expect much and didn’t even think that I would struggle within the course. I’m not sure if I wasn’t prepared for the course or maybe if the course was just difficult but I didn’t do as well as in prior courses. This year, I had struggled and was barely able to maintain a C within the course. By my second semester, I had considered switching out to the easier course provided by my school. However, I decided to commit and stick with my Algebra course. By the
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When I was younger, I would often return home to a familiar question: So, what did you learn today? My answer would always be "nothing" or "stuff." As I look back, I never lied, yet, I never told the whole truth. Many people think that you don't know anything with only 18 years of experience; I think they're wrong. I've learned a lot about myself and others from the relationships I have built throughout the years. I believe my most important lessons were "people" lessons. Those are the ones which could never be taught out of a book or in a lecture; you have to go out and experience them for yourself.
WOW! So much has happened since June. The SV FFA and ag department had a rough start to our year losing three of our students who were on the FFA officer team to other schools. Even with this bump in the road, the four officers that remained visited Mt. Shasta City and had a blast bonding and learning more about each other at their officer retreat in August. Once school started we found three new officers and attended COLC (Chapter Officer Leadership Conference) where the entire team learned about their diverse leadership styles and were able to bond together as the official Surprise Valley FFA Chapter Officer Team for the 2017-2018 school year. If you see them around, congratulate President Cindy Hinze, V.P. Maddison Seely, Secretary Maya
Struggling with math during 7th and 8th grade would be the most significant challenge I have yet faced. Throughout elementary, math was one of my favorite subjects. Math was my favorite subject because it came easily to me. It was second nature. I would always get good results in math tests and homework. I always felt proud of my math skills. After 6th grade, I was placed in Algebra 1 instead of Pre-Algebra. I thought Pre-Algebra was going to be a breeze. Instead, I began to fail the tests and quizzes. I no longer felt confident in my math skills. I felt disappointed, seeing my grade lower. I no longer understood math. At the end of the first semester, I ended up receiving a C in Algebra 1. For the first time in my life, I decided to ask for help.
It all began in my freshman year of high school. I took my first math class which was basic algebra. I struggled with it immensely, as I received a failing grade on every single test. I couldn't believe my failure as it was my first math class. Previously in middle school I had great grades and I never failed a class before. This situation lowered my self esteem yet I promised myself that I would be persistent and keep working harder. As time passed, I wanted to pursue an Allied Health degree but when I took my placement test for community college I placed into pre algebra course. I was nervous because I wasn't proficient in math, although I passed the class with a C. Then, I was required to take intermediate Algebra and I was informed that
From the very beginning of my academic career, I have always relied on math classes as a support system for understanding anything around me, but it was not until I went high school that I realized how much I love math and it's never changing principles. During freshman year, I took Honors Algebra 1, which was considered the standard class for 9th grade honors students entering my high school, yet when I sat down in the classroom, I felt like I didn't belong there. Even though my class was accelerated compared to the regular algebra classes, my desire to go ahead of my classmates only became stronger and my motivation for my educational drive increased, like a positive slope to a linear equation. When the school year ended and I was selected
My heart sank the instant I sat down 7th period and found out we were having a quiz on Algebra 2 concepts the first day. I had not studied much math over the summer and as soon as I got to the final few questions I knew I had made a mistake. It was just like the iconic phrase “it’s all Greek to me” since I had not taken advanced Algebra the year before. I ended up getting a B- on the quiz, which in hindsight wasn’t that bad, but it was not the start I wanted to have my junior year. Throughout the year the class became more and more rigorous. I failed countless times that year. I’d fail quizzes, tests, even retakes of those tests. I did all my homework, kept up with all the assignments, and studied in my room for hours, but nothing worked. Several months into the school year I decided that I couldn't
Because my school is a math/science magnet, there was special tutoring and very supportive teachers who were willing to stay after school to help me. I asked for help from my teachers and stayed after school most days. Math became one of my favorite subjects not only because I began to improve, but because I learned that failing did not have to lead to giving up. Although I was not fully aware of the lessons I was receiving at the time and continuing to take math felt like a punishment, I eventually realized that my defeats had the potential to encourage me to improve and
Since elementary math has always been easy for me until I went to middle school math became very difficult for me.It became difficult because my teacher never took time to explain it the problem for me to understand.Therefore I had to stay after school for a tutor to help me understand the problem.After I passed 6 and 7 grade I had a teacher in the 8th grade that always would help me when I asked for help.In the 8th grade I understood the math problems perfectly without struggling.However I started to slack of in math so I had to stay after school for my teacher to help me.I would always get frustrated at myself when I struggled with a problem because I knew I could of solve the problem but I would let my teacher do it for
Within the book Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics the author Liping Ma addresses the topics within math, which seem to be at war with each other. Only focusing on chapter 1 Ma discusses how some of the United States’ teachers view subtraction as well as how some of China’s teachers view subtraction.
Well, this is it, the day all of us have been waiting for has finally arrived. It seems like only yesterday we were picking our noses and flicking them at innocent bystanders or yelling childish phrases like, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!" or, wait, that was yesterday. Never mind. Anyways.
In junior High School, things started to turn around for me. Although I was still placed in lower level classes, I developed a love for learning. In the years to come from Junior High to High School, I had a strong urge to make up for lost time. One class I started to excel in was the one I used to have the most trouble with, Mathematics. It seemed as though the once boring and complex equations now seemed meaningful and simple. As I progressed into 8th grade, I was able to advance to normal classes. I felt that the hard work I put in was finally paying of. At this point, I felt that I could handle a higher level. At the end of 8th grade, I took the necessary procedures and tests to try and get into honor - level courses in 9th grade. After taking a summer course of Algebra 1 and several tests I was able to succeed and take the classes. The experience was great. I felt that I was finally going the right direction
Ever since I was in the third grade, I’ve wanted to go to the University of Michigan. My dad, who did not attend college, loved the school since he was a kid, mostly because of its football success. Every Saturday we’d watched the Michigan game, so I grew up liking the university, even though I didn’t really know why. Friends and family would ask me what I wanted to do when I was older, but all I replied was, “To go to U of M!” They all scoffed at me and told me how hard I had to work to get there, but I didn’t realize all the challenges that I would eventually face.