The Mom Here! For years, the biggest fight Waverly and I had on a regular basis was about MATH. Being “English People,” it was, admittedly, not easy to justify exactly “how this stuff will help her in her real life.” Until 6th Grade, when we found the World’s Best Math Teacher, Mr. L., who teaches at the World’s Best NYC Public Middle School whose name I cannot name for hopefully obvious purposes, and the World’s Best Math Tutor, John D., who works online for Wyzant.com. Together, they saved our lives…or at least our relationship! So we thought for Pi Day, we’d have them help you understand the value (see what I did there?) and the FUN of Math. After knowing them for a while, I vouch that this is 100% true (see what I did there?). Oh and in case you’re wondering, we don’t fight about math anymore, and her grades have gone way up. Now, we fight about other stuff…anyway with the very real possibility that your kid will be doing school work from home at this point or in the near future, maybe have him or her check this out, and avoid some “math fights” of your own!
Waverly here! Happy Pi Day, everyone. Like mom said, I have the World’s Best Math Teacher and the World’s Best Math Tutor. Add them together and I have double the math fun! (See what I did there?) I decided to KidTerview them so they could help us spread the word that math is not only useful in real life but it’s also fun if you give it a chance. Let’s see what they have to say. First up is my online tutor, John D:
Waverly here again! Wow, I knew my tutor was cool but now that I know he is part of the family that first introduced pizza to DC, I think he’s even cooler! Now here’s my teacher, Mr. L., who I first met when he was dressed as a superhero on the first day of school. Right from the start, I knew he was going to be the best math teacher ever, and I was right!
I like to tell realistic stories based on my life, specifically, my own
quirks and shortcomings, insatiable appetite, and love of superheroes.
While it’s hard to justify each specific standard in content areas, having
a logical mind and the ability to critically think is crucial to making
decisions in life.
I really love unusual proof methods. In particular, inductive reasoning is
such a cool way to show an idea works for all numbers. You show something is true once, assume it is true for a random number, and show based on that assumption that it is true for any and all numbers. I also like
contradiction proofs, where you prove something by showing that the
opposite is impossible.
They don’t know enough of it yet to not love it yet! You wouldn’t watch a
few TikTok videos and dislike all of TikTok simply because they were
silly (Momterruption. Um, yes I would). There’s so much cool math out there, ranging from probability, decision theory, game theory, number theory, calculus, etc, that to define yourself as “not-a-math-person” so early in the exploration would be allowing yourself to miss out on tons of awesome stuff!
So many to choose from, and I have never been known to turn down a
dessert. That said, a classic apple pie is hard to beat.
Well, there you have it! We suggest that today and every day, while you’re doing your (very necessary, very fun, and very helpful in real life) math, you do it while … eating pie, of course! Happy Pi Day to all, and thanks to Mr. D and Mr. L – both of you are superheroes to us!