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I never considered myself very good at math while growing up. I was taught traditional algorithms and just never understood any of it. The teachers didn't seem to care, as long as I could do them. When I became a teacher, is when I really started to understand math and get excited about it. I taught K/1 and never taught my students 'how' to do a problem, but let them work it out on their own and then explain how they got there. I was always amazed at the different ways students came up with the solution, if I just allowed them to explore on their own. This, I believe, was teaching them not only to understand what they were solving, but also allowing them to figure it out based on what made sense for them. I also made sure I brought in math that was all around us in our world. This lets students know that math is not only important but is a natural part of our world and worth knowing. Your discussions have been great and I am hopeful by what I see and hear happening about math.
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