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Math Memoir The Series: Part 5

 I know it has been a minute but whoa has time flown by... here is the latest Math Memoir from someone who isn't on anyone's radar as a "math person" but helps us to see that we are all math persons since we do math even when we don't realize it and sometimes when we do and we are working on something fun. This is from Emily Haxton, Junior AP English Language & Composition and  Sophomore Honors English, at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Washington, USA. I think it’s safe to say that most people assume English teachers are not the best math students.  I’ve actually heard my colleagues say as much, so it’s no wonder the stereotype exists.  But I am an English teacher who embraces math in my classroom.  It can be extremely helpful for some of my concrete-sequential learners to think about language structures and arguments as formulas, so I’m often coming up with math analogies to help solidify their understanding.  Since I’m comfortable with math conc
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Math Memoir The Series 4

When I was in 6th grade, I hated math. We were studying the lateral are of different figured and I felt like I coulf understand a thing because my teacher was HORRRIBLE. Years past and I started liking algebra but nothing really special until last semester of 8th grade where a new math teacher came to our school who totally changed my view towards math. Since 9th grade, some friends and I became really interested in math and we constantly asked this new teacher to show us more math (he is a matematician, currently getting his master in physics so he rocks). Eventually, we created the math in our school. It was sooo cool to have like minded people solvig problems and learning more advanced stuff. We, well, did not win anything due to *stuff* but it was an awesome experience and I actually got through all rounds in the National Olympiad but I could not particiapte in the last one so yeah, I won nothing hehe.I am currently in my 2nd semester of Electrical Engineering.

Math Memoir The Series Part 3

 I am loving getting to read everyone's stories... keep them coming.

Math Memoir - The Series 2

 This Math Memoir was submitted by @golda.abs on instagram.

Math Memoir - The Series

I will be starting a series of Math Memoirs from people who have submitted them to me via Social Media, email, and students, former and current, who have given me permission. I have students write their math memoir in my classes to start school so I can get a feel for a student's math identity. Write about your math experience. Start with your first memory learning math (my mom used to play card games like Crazy 8's, Memory, and Rummy with my brother and I) and continue up through today. How did your experiences with math mold how you feel about math and your math abilities to this day?  Here is my math memoir. Stay tuned for others from around the world!

One Year of MLLAoU!

What started on my personal FB to teach my friends about mathematicians as a distraction from the unknown of COVID school 2.0, a.k.a. 2020-2021 School Year, has turned ONE! In that year, I have been able to not only teach my friends about mathematicians but to help inspire teachers around the world think about how mathematics is represented to all students so they can see themselves as "Math People." I have also got to talk to many cool folks on IG from around the world who just LOVE math like I do. People who are inspired to see mathematicians aren't all young savants from wealthy European families during the Enlightenment... they are old, young, gay, straight, black, brown, good at school, the bad kid in school... they are just people. We have grown to be 1000 followers strong (ok, 999 as I type but still give me this). There have been 357 posts celebrating mathematicians throughout history, as well as honoring #pride, #aapiheritagemonth, #blackhistorymonth, #womenhisto

How are the best of the best recognized in Mathematics?

Mathematicians are often touted as the smartest people on the planet but then you hear about the best and brightest winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Medicine, Economics... Peace... but not MATHEMATICS. I haven't really thought too much about it until I started to research for this post. I knew Mathematicians had their own awards and just left it at that. Well, let's take a look at what was up with Alfred Nobel and then talk about the biggest math prizes. Source: Wikipedia Alfred Nobel Born Alfred Bernhard Nobel 21 October 1833 Stockholm , Sweden Died 10 December 1896 (aged 63) Sanremo , Italy Nobel was a Swedish chemist and inventor. He holds 355 patents with dynamite being the most well known. After being criticized for making a fortune off of the production of armaments, he decided to leave his fortune to the Nobel Prize Institute to change his legacy. His last will and testament set aside monies to establish the Nobel Prizes. These prizes were to be