We home schooled for 1st and 2nd grade and so, as you might imagine, I was very interested in her answer!

Here is what she wrote (spelling adjusted):

What I like about math is:1) It's a challenge but not so much I hate it plus I'm good at it.2) My mom is a math teacher.*

What stands out for me about my daughter's assessment of her own math learning is the identification of that fine line between a good challenge and too much of a challenge. If half the battle of math learning is about keeping up a good attitude, then I'm very pleased to know it's not an either/or situation for her. It sounds like she's felt successful in the work we've done together over the last few years.What I do not like about math is:1) It can be tooMUCHof a challenge.2) and sometimes I am tired and sleepy.I am not very good at division but that doesn't mean I don't like it.

Next week I get to start my weekly visit to the 3rd/4th grade classroom to work with small groups during math time. My plan right now is to provide some fun,

*push ahead kind of challenge*for certain kids and some

*just right challenge to help in*attitude remediation for other kids. FUN.

It's shaping up to be a fun, fun year. Just this afternoon I found out that four parents at the school are programmers and university professors and they're going to start a Scratch club. Did I mention FUN?

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**I actually do not call myself a 'math teacher' but Yelena at Moebius Noodles did christen me a 'math explorer' last winter - and that's a title I really like. I'm thinking about using it when I come in to work with the kids. As in, I'm a math explorer which means there's lots I don't know but I'm always excited to learn more about math!*

Your daughter gave great answers! I wish my daughter would have this assignment in class, I'd be curious to see what she would say... She complains often that I push her too far.

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