I'm Bon Crowder and the photos above are both of me - in 1989 and today. I'm a Generation X mom of Generation Z kids.

I began peer tutoring in high school in 1984. MathFour.com is the 2015 version of me helping peers be comfortable in math.

If you're a Gen-X parent, you're in the right place!

# Tag Archives: teaching math

### Why are you passionate about math?

I had a college student ask me in class once: “Why are you so passionate about math?”

Great question!

Turns out, I’m not passionate about math at all. I’m passionate about teaching math.

### Math is a puzzle.

I always looked at math as puzzles. I’ve never needed a connection to the real world. It’s always been about patterns, connections and the “What if…?”

This started as a toddler when I noticed that tweezers and electrical outlets matched so nicely. (You know the end to that one…)

In fact, I’m not very good at math at all.

Ask me a math question I haven’t done recently… It’s likely I’ll google it.

I’m just really good at thinking creatively and logically at the same time. Which is a great substitute for knowing a lot.

### There’s math in real life.

Lots of people could care less about the application of math to reality (like physics and engineering). But people do math all the time in everyday life:

• You set your alarm clock using subtraction.
• You choose your car using ratios (miles per gallon).
• You decide where you’ll live or work using distance (and tons of algebra to figure gas mileage and tolls).

Even vegging out watching TV uses math: “Do I have time during this commercial set to go pee?”

If you’re not using math, you’re either asleep or dead.

### Math isn’t just in textbooks.

There’s little or no early learning to get kids prepared for the logic and reasoning required for math. Parents often limit pre-school math work to learning numbers from 1 to 10 – never realizing that their kids are doing nothing more than memorizing a poem.

Later kids (falsely) learn that math is nothing more than textbook work. Then they go home to parental and media math negativity. So they perceive that math is never used and it’s okay to hate.

When they finally get to me, as college freshmen, they’re convinced that they’ll never use math and that they’re not good at it to begin with.

### Making math real.

The challenge is to get students (and society) to see that math isn’t just textbook work. That math is used everyday and it’s what we solve puzzles and life’s problems with.

Math is really the logic and reasoning behind everything we do.

If people can think through a problem at work, they can think through a math problem from a book.

### So I’m passionate because…

I’m passionate about math so that together we can change the culture of math in the home. So that you’ll have math confidence when your children are born. So that you’ll talk positively about math to your kids early on.

I’m passionate about math so that future generations can view math as normal and that everyone does it. So they can see it for what it really is.

### 2 Responses to Why are you passionate about math?

1. Great post! I can relate to so much of what you said!! I have to google how to help some of my former students when they come ask for help with pre-cal or calculus help, I don’t like the ‘math negativity,’ and I LOVE teaching!!

• Bon says:

Great to hear, Kathy!

I tell my students they have full access to me for the rest of their lives in math. Fun to see how they progress and that they still like to come back for a little help.

### “The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching” is Not So Good

Have you seen the list of 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching? Looks like there’re some problems with it! Continue Reading

### 2 Responses to “The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching” is Not So Good

1. Thanks for the review of this book! I can totally see what you are saying in looking deeper at the 12 touchstones. I laughed out loud when you pointed out the mixed metaphor to illustrate clarity! Part of me feels like the book is at least an attempt to help the teachers do the best they can to make sure every student is better off for having been in their room.

• Bon says:

You’re likely right, Jen. I figured they were trying to help teachers work within what they are already forced to do. But it still troubles me.

Thanks for stopping by!

### Use Your Experiences in Math – For Math!

Don’t be a blind chicken when it comes to crossing the math road. Use your experiences in math! Continue Reading

### Blogging in the Classroom

Are you considering having your class do a blog? Here are some tips for before and during that math blogging journey! Continue Reading

### 2 Responses to Blogging in the Classroom

For copyright, Creative Commons, and authoring and media tools, check out my Creative Commons Resources.

For blogging help, why not take Teacher Challenge: 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blog or any of the other three Teacher Challenges?

For great examples of school-orientated student blogs and instructions on how to create and transport them, check out George Couros’ Beginners Guide to Creating a WordPress Portfolio (the good stuff is in Other Links) and my accompanying notes.

Shawn

• Bon says:

Thanks so much Shawn – those look great!

### One Response to Being Brave

1. My brave moments in teaching always come when I am prompted to share something that the Lord has put on my heart.

### Math Words – Start Using Them Early

Kids can’t tell the difference between five words and five syllables. So now’s a perfect time to start teaching all words – even “big” math words. Continue Reading

### 6 Responses to Math Words – Start Using Them Early

• Bon says:

Thanks, Julie! I’ve just added it to my weekly list. Great resources for moms – thanks for telling us!

1. So NOW ya tell me! If only I had done that when they WERE little! Now we just have to learn them. I’m so totally not a math mom but I AM a word girl! Thanks for linking up!

• Bon says:

You can still start using them. Regardless of their age!

• Bon says:

How exciting! Thanks so much for providing the linky for us all to share, Genny!

### An Open Letter to Obama &amp; Romney about Math Education

We put so much effort in K-12 math education and STEM support. This open letter requests that the next U.S. leader support parent involvement to help parents learn how to to be a positive influence in math! Continue Reading

### The Prime Directive in Education

There’s one thing that trumps all other advice – The Prime Directive in Education. Continue Reading

### Problem Solving – Is it Teachable?

Can we really teach problem solving? And if so, what’s the best way to do it? This is the second in the book study series focusing on What’s Your Math Problem? Continue Reading

### One Response to Is Math in the 3 Categories of Learning?

1. Janice says:

Math is in all three! 😉

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