“Math is an Emotional Subject” John Emerson on Teaching the Subject He Once Avoided

“Math is an Emotional Subject” John Emerson on Teaching the Subject He Once Avoided

“I took as little math as possible in high school and college,” says Mr. John Emerson, Algebra Instructor, and Learning Specialist. “While I didn’t struggle with arithmetic, I really struggled with math.”

Emerson has been teaching high school algebra for twelve years now— “and [he] still get[s] frustrated with precalculus problems!” he adds. 

Working Through Practical Problems and Entertaining Strangers: The Benefits of Mental Math

“My first Geometry class this year revolved around mental math,” says freshman Aggie Macy. “I found it a little odd at first that we were spending so much time learning how to square numbers such as 12,642, but, over time, I learned that it was [more] the process Mr. Weis focuses on and less the answer.”

Those who have braved a mathematics class with Math Chair Mr. Jonathan Weis will know the early frustration and eventual exhilaration of mental math. They will know that, like Macy realized, the answers were not as crucial as the process of learning mental math.