Currently, I am an Art teacher employed at one of the local secondary schools in Grenada, Mc Donald’s College. I do not teach math but it is used on a daily basis when I am grading papers, calculating grades and completing report cards for the students. Being a student studying for a degree in Early Childhood Education, Math is very important. In order to complete my studies, taking courses like Statistical Analysis1 (MA260) and Early Childhood Math and Science (EC400) are required. Math is useful in my career, because I will be responsible for teaching young children the fundamentals of Math which they will need to understand.
Throughout my early highschool years I struggled with math, many of my teachers didn’t stay the same, I changed who I called my friends, and I changed how I spend my free time during the winter. High School is tough. It’s nothing like middle school. During my Freshman year of highschool I had to take Algebra I. Algebra one started out as a review of stuff I learned in Junior High. Eventually though the year I couldn’t keep up with the work and I no longer understood what was being taught to me.
Plenty seem to believe that these advanced placed courses give these students automatic assurance that they will have a full ride scholarship to some of the best colleges the world as to offer. This statement is false because although AP classes are favored, that is not all that colleges take a look into. Pauline Ojambo, author of “Stigmas and Stereotypes of AP classes,” affirms, “It’s true, colleges like to see AP classes, but that is only one facet of a student’s record… Colleges also like athletic, charitable and responsible students” ( Ojambo 23). Normal core classes have just about the same amount of opportunities compared to those who are advanced. It would be equally as competitive as any other course when it comes to who will get a scholarship, who will get into a good college, or who will prosper the most.
These causes the students to get lower grades at Math, even the teacher themselves don’t want to teach Math. Some students feel like math is a new language. When students fail to work in a math class they may feel scare and try to ran away math as much as possible in the future. Some math teacher doesn’t know the beauty of math. Many students think that they do not need math in future for example some want to be a footballer but they thought they don’t need math of course even football need math like having angles.
AP courses are supposed to be hard. Their curriculums were designed by the Collegeboard to challenge motivated students and build up essential academic skills. However, aspects like the cost of taking AP exams, Arlington’s policy requiring students to take the AP exam with the course, and the north’s late school year start often create unintentional difficulties, adding stress to already difficult classes. To start, the exam themselves are expensive. At $94 per exam, even students who are able to afford the fee might think twice about dropping hundreds of dollars on AP exams.
These 10th graders have a limited science background, having only taken AP Environmental Science before entering my class. They are brilliant, though, and some of the most motivated students I have ever taught. While the College Board dictates that the AP Chemistry exam is identical for all my students, it is impossible to teach these students as I do the upperclassmen in the other class. I must find materials for use with these students that support their learning while also allowing them to gain the experience needed with the topic under study. I must create learning activities that enable them to remember these topics nearly an entire school year before the AP exam in May.
It was my family’s legacy of determination, dedication and perseverance that had fueled me to face and overcome the stereotypes that were imposed on me in high school. During my junior year, I enrolled in AP Calculus with the indefatigable support and encouragement of my parents. Initially, this class was a nightmare due to the academic expectations and amount of assignments. I often doubted in my own ability to succeed in the class. I found inspiration and internal motivation to continue the battle by observing my industrious and diligent parents.
I had taken Science as my major in Junior and Senior High School. I took plenty of Mathematics and Physics classes at school. I have always excelled in physical sciences specifically in Mathematics and have received many awards in Mathematics in high school. I loved mathematics because of it’s logical reasoning to solve problems and it was always very exciting for me to solve complicated problems. I used to participate in various mathematical quiz competitions and earned many prizes on these competitions.