Math taught me patience and humility. Math taught me we can be perfected with effective approach and solution based strategy. Math taught me to be bold in confronting problems and not be afraid to handle even the most challenging of problems. No matter the headaches.
Especially when working with students and when I am math coaching students. Sometimes a student will understand a mathematics concept in another explanation. Main thing is being patient enough to show the "how to" and demonstrate the foundation. I light up when they light up and get it.
Sometimes a student needs to know when to pick it up. Therefore I learn patience and humility through mathematics. It's because I had coaches in my life that believed in me, pushed me and motivated me to be at my best.
Here are some of the results from a student I worked with. In the beginning, I coached this student how to earn those first two 100%'s for MindTap. Then that student's grades teetered from an A+ to a B-. That was when I stepped in as this student's math coach. I did not want this student to barely make it. I did not give up on this student.
I coached this student on the mentality needed to be effective, study strategies, time management, and how to apply them with good study habits. I emphasized having a finishing spirit. How we finish is far greater and more important than how we start. I also coached this student on the ability to yield to correction well. It's trial and error that requires patience and perseverance.
This student completed MindTap with a total of nine 100%'s that bumped that student's overall MindTap grade from a B- to an A-. I challenged this student. Pushed this student. Motivated this student to not settle for anything less than a 100% result to help that student's MindTap grade average our stronger than how it started. With that student's discipline, determination and work ethic combined, that student finished stronger than how that student began. It also bumped up the student's final grade from B+ to an A-.