Great ideas and passion

So, as a senior in college, I’m often told to do what I love. Follow my passion. If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. However, I’ve been fortunate enough to have started college once and had a “real” job/career and experience before my second shot at college. And I realized several times over that passion isn’t everything. At some point natural ability has to take over. I am passionate about Latin dances (bachata and salsa), but I do not have the natural ability. I can get good with practice, I can get really good. But I’ll never get great. This is the same issue I have with swimming, theatre, running, and several other endeavors that I love and am passionate about. I also understand that money isn’t everything. This why I got out of being in the Navy with an incredible sign-on bonus and guaranteed job. But I think there’s a balance. And honestly, I completely agree with Mike Rowe’s TED talk about a war on work. I urge everyone to watch it. If you don’t have time, just go to halfway through and watch to the end. I hope you enjoy and leave comments.

-Jen

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Teaching Fractions

So, I’m sure that most people in the world hate fractions. Fractions are truly the make or break subject to decide whether you love or loathe math. I love math. I love fractions. But I’ve been convinced for years now that fractions are taught terribly by people who don’t understand them. I’m getting on my soap box. Third grade teachers barely have any higher level (algebra, calculus, trig., etc.) math training before we unleash them on unsuspecting children. These same teachers, more than likely also hate math, especially fractions. So they don’t teach them in fun and exciting ways. This creates an entire class of unexcited students who don’t grasp fractions. And once fractions become a staple in math, kids hate them. So I was thrilled to read an article about how to properly teach students fractions. It’s super exciting and enlightening.

Please let me know what you think.

-Jen

Fractions