March 9 Day 1096: Mathematical Relations

Yesterday afternoon, my #TacomaMath colleagues Jenn Crump, Ander Erickson, and I delivered a (virtual) professional development session for teachers in the Tacoma area. One of the activities was to graph our relationship to math over time. Some of the results are given below:

Notice only one response had a wholly positive experience. Everyone else had at least one trying period (often occurring around middle school).

I’m curious. What was your relationship with math? I realize that many of my readers are mathematicians and that might skew the results, but never-the-less, I’m asking for you to visit this Desmos activity, reflect on your mathematical history, and sketch your own relationship to mathematics.

You do not need a Desmos account to participate, just click the

“continue without signing in” button. You will be asked to type a name–initials or nickname are sufficient. Then draw away.

Thanks in advance for your participation.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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