May 5

So I’ve been taking Calculus lessons from Lori for over a month now. It’s been mainly about partial sums. Please don’t ask me to explain exactly WHAT they are, but I’m pretty sure I can show you how to get them. :-) But getting them is a process…you have to multiply this denominator by something and N and figure out the exponential numbers for that numerator…etc. That’s an oversimplification, of course, but I’m a better “doer” than “teller.”
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Apr 17

Hello world! I didn’t intend a 2 wk absence. My days, nights and essentially life get away from me these days!
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Apr 3

It never ceases to amaze me how much progress I seem to make in just a *short* session! Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

We continued the lessons the last couple of weeks and I’ve uploaded some notes from the sessions. It’s getting exciting! I think I’m starting to enjoy if because while sometimes not that obvious to me, I feel good about myself and my budding math abilities when I finally do figure out the pattens in the fractions and decimals that we are dealing with.
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Mar 13

Lori, I have a confession to make. Do you remember during our last lesson when you excitedly brought out the graph paper and said we were going to start plotting the decimals? I had a moment. No, it wasn’t an “uh oh, I don’t remember how to do this!” moment, although I DIDN’T remember. It was a “now why in the world do I have to know this?” moment.
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Mar 5

Me: Hi Lori!
Lori: Hi! Do you have any crayons?
Me: Um…like in Crayola crayons you color with?
Lori: Ya. Or colored pencils or markers… 

And so it began…my first calculus lesson with Lori MathHead.
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Feb 27

I should probably introduce myself. My name is Michelle and I’m a freelance writer. This information is relevant for a few reasons. The first being that it’s how I came to be writing this blog.

Through the social networking site Twitter I “met” Lori Johnson of MathHead Inc. Met is in quotes because I have never actually met her. All of our correspondence has been over the Internet. Isn’t this digital age great?

Lori was looking for help rewriting her MathHead website. I am always looking for business and upon sending her some samples of my previous website work, Lori expressed interest in working together. The whole experience was great! Probably THE easiest client ever. Thanks, Lori! J

In our discussions about the website copy, it came out that I was a really bad Math student myself. I struggled all my life. I went to Catholic grade schools, where the teachers are “Jacks-of-all-trades,” therefore not specialists in anything. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t BAD teachers, just not fully equipped to handle a student struggling like myself.

High school wasn’t any better. I was going for a Regents diploma, meaning I had to take at least 3 yrs of Math and science. Ohhh boy. That was interesting. I struggled all three years. My first 2 years I had a very understanding teacher, Mrs. Dumond who did her best and was patient with me. I think the highest I ever got in her class was a C+ or even a B-…when it was Geometry stuff. Algebra? Fugettabout it.

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