Friday, September 4, 2020

Bait and Switch?

 

I have five chemistry students, but the school had no chemistry books. I made do with some intro to chemistry online assignments for the kiddos. But then the chemistry books arrived, and I could delve into them. 

So, it was last Thursday before we really got into some real chemistry work. It was the section introducing problem solving in chemistry. 

"We're doing math in chemistry?!?" 

Massey was incensed. I suppose he thought he only had me for one math period. 

I calmly explained that yes, math would be required for chemistry. That we would be solving problems. 

Oh, they didn't like that. Not at all.

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    1. He wasn't doing terribly in it, actually. I think he might dig it once things get going.

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  2. I can't blame them! Math - yuck! LOL

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  3. I know you like math - it was my most dreaded subject, and the lack of math skills held me back a lot in the science courses I enjoyed. One of my uncles was a college professor in organic chemistry. That gene certainly skipped me.

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    1. I can't multiply to save my life. It's a matter of training, really. Too many people have been convinced that you need "talent" for math, but I think you just have to put in the effort. Sadly, math education has been in a state where kids have given up because it hasn't been taught well traditionally. When kids are engaged by interesting activities, they get it more readily.

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  4. Bet they wished the book was delayed a few more weeks. Is it an E book?

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  5. Haha, funny how kids don't believe teachers when they tell them how important maths is because it is used everywhere...

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  6. I don't think I much cared for it either, truthfully.

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  7. I never liked math, but it's kind of interwoven into the sciences!

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    1. Oh, it is. I don't think they realized this until now.

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  8. I would have been disappointed, too. :)

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  9. haha.....can't blame the ones not liking to do math, cause I disliked math so much in school.

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    1. It's sad that I'm not surprised by how many commenters disliked math.

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  10. Unfortunately these two were my last priority subjects when in college (Chemistry & maths)
    But I loved Physics

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