I am from a small town in Western Massachusetts. I teach in another small town about 35 minutes away. I am currently a special education teacher. I work with 6th and 7th-grade students in general education classes (including math) and during support time. I teach a very small math class for students that are working far below grade level and have many gaps in math. This year I decided that I would try and expand my methods in math class. I am looking for better ways to help my students understand math.
I have never considered myself a “math” person. I always tried my best but could never keep it all in my head. I would have said I was a failure at math. Now, as a teacher, I have realized that I am a “slow” math thinker. I need to understand the why. I need examples with real context, examples with easy numbers before harder numbers, and problems that make sense in the real world.