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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-16-11 01:00 PM
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13. I brought my geometry teacher to tears
more than once. (She was a rookie teacher...) She couldn't understand how I could keep getting the right answers by working the problems the "wrong way"!

Finally, her supervising teacher came into the classroom and told me I could work the problems any way I wanted, but to stop confusing the teacher and the other students with my "alternative way" discussions... If I really wanted to talk about them, to see him before/after school.

He was the same teacher I had two years later (in an intro to Calc class) who told me as long as I "tried" in his class he'd give me any grade I wanted. I was going to drop because my parents would ground me for making anything less than a "B". I wound up making B's in there anyway, but that's beside the point. His philosophy was teaching was about learning, not about grades. He was an excellent teacher.

I was good with geometry and probability. Algebra, not so much.

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  -Algebra and Attitude Lionel Mandrake  Oct-15-11 05:15 PM   #0 
  - Your mom sounds awesome ...  surrealAmerican   Oct-15-11 05:42 PM   #1 
  - You are right on both counts.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-15-11 06:47 PM   #3 
  - Similar (but not really) situation on my end.  Shagbark Hickory   Oct-15-11 05:44 PM   #2 
  - You lost me.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-15-11 07:00 PM   #5 
     - Sorry, did I say Einstein? No no no, I meant the Babylonians.  Shagbark Hickory   Oct-15-11 07:24 PM   #6 
        - Ah yes, the Babylonian captivity,  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-15-11 08:03 PM   #8 
  - I applaud you for wanting to study algebra.  RebelOne   Oct-15-11 06:55 PM   #4 
  - Interesting.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-15-11 07:42 PM   #7 
  - Well, I passed trigonometry with flying colors.  RebelOne   Oct-16-11 11:59 AM   #10 
  - I'm still wondering why f was at x in the first place but like you I found  snagglepuss   Oct-16-11 02:20 PM   #14 
  - The right teacher is important  SwissTony   Oct-16-11 11:28 AM   #9 
  - You were fortunate to find an inspiring teacher.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-16-11 04:41 PM   #15 
     - We also addressed our teachers as Mister and Mrs/Miss  SwissTony   Oct-17-11 05:31 AM   #19 
        - Thanks for the clarification.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-17-11 10:27 AM   #21 
  - You just summed up my own high school experiences re math.  Odin2005   Oct-16-11 12:01 PM   #11 
  - I brought my geometry teacher to tears  mzteris   Oct-16-11 01:00 PM   #13 
  - That's good to know.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-16-11 04:44 PM   #16 
  - I tested into algebra in 8th grade (they usually started it in 9th grade) and I was so proud. I got  Brickbat   Oct-16-11 12:12 PM   #12 
  - I freaking LOVED algebra.  Kali   Oct-16-11 05:51 PM   #17 
  - It's Not What You Know That's Important. It's The Effort That You're Willing To Put Into Something  Yavin4   Oct-16-11 07:35 PM   #18 
  - I 'd have had better grades in Alg , if I wasn't smoking thumb-sized doobies before class  tjwash   Oct-17-11 08:12 AM   #20 
  - This is why it is important to accelerate kids in math.  MissB   Oct-18-11 12:37 AM   #22 
  - Sure, but have you applied it later in life in the real world??1?  meegbear   Oct-18-11 10:53 AM   #23 
  - Depends on what you mean by the real world.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-18-11 03:04 PM   #27 
  - You couldn't get white onions, because of the war.  CreekDog   Oct-18-11 12:56 PM   #24 
  - Pfftthhh!  Dr. Strange   Oct-19-11 02:40 PM   #31 
  - "General Math" wasn't arithmetic for dummies in my high school.  Gormy Cuss   Oct-18-11 01:14 PM   #25 
  - My mother did a similar thing with me in English.  Chan790   Oct-18-11 01:36 PM   #26 
  - Congratulations.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-18-11 03:41 PM   #28 
  - I've never been good at math  soleiri   Oct-18-11 04:38 PM   #29 
  - But you must have some good math genes.  Lionel Mandrake   Oct-18-11 08:52 PM   #30 
  - It's great that you had your mother there and that you got your wish to do algebra  RFKHumphreyObama   Oct-19-11 09:05 PM   #32 

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