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.