We’ve heard it a million times; “I’m not a math person.” “I’m just not good at math.” And we accept it because it’s something we’ve heard a million times. But if I were to say “I’m just not good at reading,” or “I never really figured out how to read after 7th grade,” you would be horrified. There is no reason that we shouldn’t have the same standards for students learning math. Math is used in our ever day lives and can be a huge part of a career.
Showing students how you use math can encourage them to keep working at it, even if it can be hard. You can make a video talking about how you use math, and get students excited about it. Get your friends and coworkers to make one, and show support for the students in your community.