I really, really, really, really, REALLY dislike Algebra. This is now my 4th round with it…have to say, I think I’m finally starting to understand a couple elements <- seriously? DEPRESSING!
- Round #1: me in high school.
- Round #2: me in college.
- Round #3: my son in high school.
- Round #4: my daughter in high school.
As my brother & I discuss how to do a specific type of problem (with the answer book open and completed steps done – each of us wondering, why did they do it that way?). The age-old question always surfaces so quickly – really, do we use this in “normal”, practical, real life? Nope.
I would consider both of my brothers intelligent. One is an Alaskan bush pilot – he flies a Super Cub & 185; the other flies an R44 helicopter. Both of them use math every.single.day. every.hour. in.so.many.ways to be safe in the air, and it isn’t Algebra as taught to high schoolers… enough said.
So, tonight as one of my brothers helped my children with Algebra 1 (9th grader) and Algebra 2 (11th grader) – when my brain shut down due to overwhelm (my defense: we did work on Algebra for over an hour earlier today & honestly, I couldn’t figure out any other ways to try to explain it). I came back to my house, ate a yummy treat, sat in front of my computer and did a bazillion other things (after getting the internet working again).
I am blessed.
**Photo of my brothers was not taken by me, and I don’t know who took it. I believe it was taken back in 2005 or 2006. It’s just one of my favorite :-D.