MATH EXPERIENCES

My overall experiences with math in grade school were very positive. I found that I was overall very good at the content and I put in a lot effort to ensure I understood the material. In terms of the class being oppressive I find that the subject matter is built around right and wrong answers for the most part. In my opinion math is a class that a teacher can limit themselves to explaining the material in one way and that is that. Great math teachers find multiple different ways to explain concepts so their students will remember the material. I understand that one might say that math can simple be too hard because of the tests where you need a desired outcome and this can be oppressive. However this can lead to helping students realize that in life sometimes there are right answers, as surely many university students would agree. An example of this would be when engineers are creating bridges or buildings there is not more than one answer to their calculations. This is why I find that Math can lead to improving one’s work ethic because I studied more for it than I did for my other classes. I would learn tricks and easier ways to remember how to do difficult questions. Also, for the students that do still struggle they are usually reviews and other assignments that you could work hard to get a good mark on to improve your overall grade if you struggled with tests. My teacher would always be there to help and answer any questions that we had. The math program is built around hard work especially if you struggle with the content and I’m not sure how it would work without having students test out the formulas that are taught.

After finishing Poirier’s article: Teaching mathematics and the Inuit Community, three ways that Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ways of math include counting, localization, and measuring. Counting which is when systematic using of methods compare and arrange sets of different objects. Localization is based around using models, diagrams, drawings, and words to explore the environment. Lastly, measuring is built around the idea of using different tools or objects to understand dimensions. These are only three of the ways that Inuit mathematics challenges Eurocentric ways.

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