Math is one of my favorite subjects and so is art, they both are equal to me. So I don't favor which one is my "top subject". I never have struggles with art, but just a teeny-tiny bit of the time, I make mistakes on difficult math problems that I don't understand. I find myself mostly good at math, but not like really good at it. I am not one of those math genius, but I am willing to learn from my mistakes so next time I'll get a one and two zeroes.
I consider myself good at math, because I have all 90's and above in middle school, but I don't remember about elementary school. Since the grading is different, but it is good as well. I am mostly confident with math than other subjects, besides art, since I am good at it.
My good experiment with math is that I exceed math topics I am good at. Such as equations, expressions, graphing, absolute value, and etc. My bad experiment is when I make small or silly mistakes. However, I end up fixing them up myself sometimes, when I recheck my work.
I hope to accomplish this year in math class a one and two zeroes (repeated again, I know). That is because, it is like a wanted item that I need to have. The thing is that I know it is going to be tough, because there can be a point in my life that I will make a mistake. Which can effect my grade, so I'll be more than ready to get a good grade.
At the end of the term I ask students to write simple reflections on their experiences from the year: what they learned about math, about the world, about themselves. It’s one of the many ways I get students writing in math class.
It’s a great way to model reflection as part of the learning process, and it’s also a good way for me to get feedback about the student experience.
Mostly, it’s fun! I love sharing and discussing the reflections with students, and it always results in great end-of-year conversations.
Here are some of my favorites.
After learning a little more about math, I think math is created rather than discovered. This makes mathematicians and scientists the creators, not merely the seekers.
I learned a lot of things from my classmates that I wouldn’t have learned if I were to just study on my own.
I have learned that I still have very much to learn about myself.
Mathematics is magical; it can lead you to a dead end, but then it can miraculously open up an exit.
Learning how to think of things in three dimensions completely changed the way I saw math.
By seeing algebraic and geometric interpretations, I learned how to communicate math in more ways.
The process which turns a difficult problem into a relatively easy problem is the beauty of math.
One of the best parts of reflection is how much it gets you thinking about the future. Plenty of food for thought here.
For more resources, see my Writing in Math Class page.