Math my favorite subject! False. Can you hear the sarcasm dripping from those words? My brain works in a very particular and unusual way. This was especially true when it came to mathematics and numbers. Our teacher could teach a formula to the class and I could take the formula and memorize the entire thing. What I can’t do is break down the steps. Which means when I would take a math test, I could solve the problem, but I couldn’t show any work. I would only get half credit. When this first occurred, I thought the best thing to do was to talk to my case worker, telling them that I was having a problem in math. Have you ever encountered this before? I can’t describe how I break it down in steps. Being at a loss as to what to do, was frustrating.
Math Problems….What to do?
The problem is that I am an auditory learner and math is a visual subject. No matter how many times you tell me or show me how it is done, it will not stick, because it is not told to me in a way my brain can remember. I was getting frustrated because it wasn’t my fault. I was learning, I understood the concept, I was getting the answers right, and yet, under no fault of my own, I was failing the class. I worked extremely hard with the special education department on how I could learn it visually, aka repetition.
Negative Results? Different Approach!
Still, I was having the some negative results. Finally, I decided to go to the source, my math teacher. I explained to her not only what the problem was but that I was trying to work on solving it myself. She apologized to me and told me that she never thought about it that way, and if she knew I was struggling so much, she would have figured out a different way to go about things.
Becoming Your Own Advocate
Don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself and be your own advocate. No matter how many times it takes. Sometimes when you figure out what doesn’t work, you find out what does work.
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