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Learning math can be scary for a lot of students. Math is a cumulative subject, and it’s discouraging when you don’t understand a single concept — everything just gets more confusing from there. In high school, I excelled in math subjects with one teacher and struggled with all the others. In her classes, I felt confident enough to try difficult problems and even made mistakes without feeling bad. What made her different from my other teachers?

It’s important to come from a place of understanding when teaching math. Students can become easily discouraged when they can see that their peers understand something that they don’t. My reaction was to shut down and stop paying attention once I realized that the class was moving beyond my comprehension.