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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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Hi all!

My name is Anton and I am an aspiring mathematics teacher and actuarial researcher.

Super interested in connecting with people interested in math.

I haven't always considered myself a "math person"; but, as I keep working at my math skills and keep putting in the effort, I find that I am getting better at math.

I'm interested in being involved in a rich community of people who like to talk about math so it looks like I'm in the right place!!

Take care,

Anton

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Welcome to the forum.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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Thanks Bobby!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Your welcome. Math is like everything else, practice makes perfect.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Anton,

**Welcome to the forum**

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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Hi Anton!

what made you want to be a math teacher?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi Anton

Welcome to the forum!

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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Thanks Everyone!

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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roniman wrote:

Hi Anton!

what made you want to be a math teacher?

Hey Roniman,

Great question!

I really want to teach . . . I think I'd be a good teacher too. But, instead of teaching subjects like English or Economics or even History, Math is the kind of subject where there is always a correct answer.

So, I feel like by teaching math I'm not only teaching a "subject" but a logical way of thinking.

Do you teach? What's been your experience with teaching?

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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bobbym wrote:

Your welcome. Math is like everything else, practice makes perfect.

I had a music teacher tell me once that "Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect" . . . I try to live by that.

Which is why, after an unsuccessful attempt at sitting for actuarial Exam P, I am going back to the basics and making sure I have command of everything from High School math into Calculus.

It's going to take a lot more time, but as I progress in the exams I think it's going to be a good investment.

Thanks again for welcoming me to the group I look forward to getting into some discussion around the forum.

-Anton

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is generally true. I would not worry about that actuarial exam, they are tough.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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bobbym wrote:

That is generally true. I would not worry about that actuarial exam, they are tough.

Thanks bobby. Yeah. I'm going to take a new approach and keep track of all my notes so that I can give them away for free . . .

If I can't do it on my own, maybe the gods of Karma will shine on me for helping others who have had problems like myself

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They can be pretty mean when they want. Ask when you are stuck on any problem.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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antonrasmussen wrote:

roniman wrote:Hi Anton!

what made you want to be a math teacher?

Hey Roniman,

Great question!

I really want to teach . . . I think I'd be a good teacher too. But, instead of teaching subjects like English or Economics or even History, Math is the kind of subject where there is always a correct answer.

So, I feel like by teaching math I'm not only teaching a "subject" but a logical way of thinking.

Do you teach? What's been your experience with teaching?

Yes, I teach, I teach anything from Pre-Alg to Calc. Favorite being AP Calc.

My experience with teaching has been nothing short of amazing! I love working with kids, I love empowering my students, I love challenging them to solve things on their own. I love what I do, and when my kickstarter blows up, I will STILL be doing it!

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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OK Roniman,

So, I have to ask . . . and any other teachers out there . . . feel free to answer as well. What is it that seems to work to get people to learn the most? I've been hearing a lot about "applied learning" lately. Is that just another "buzz" word or is having an immediate application pretty much the go to teaching method for mathematics?

I'm trying to find a unique "angle" on how to approach teaching math; but, everything I've come up with is either faddish or . . . I don't know . . . silly.

-Anton

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**roniman****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-24
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I'm not sure if there's one simple answer to your question, but I'll take a shot.

I think it's a culmination of things:

1) to be good at math, you have to practice. PERIOD.

2) to be good at math, you have to WANT to be good at math. So I ask my students do a little of their own soul searching to see how much work they're really ready to do.

3) to be effective at teaching math, I believe you have to be passionate about it. The kids don't care how much math you can do, they want to know that you care about their growth.

As for "applied learning", I think anyone who wants to learn something don't want to just sit there and listen to someone lecture over and over again. So any sort of activity helps encourage them to be more hands on. However, if you just sit there and only offer activities, then it will also not have the effect you want.

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**antonrasmussen****Member**- Registered: 2013-11-25
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Thanks Roniman!

Great stuff:D

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