During my afternoons I teach an SHSAT prep class for 7th and 8th graders. I’ve been doing this for about six years or so and I must say that because of the course my math skills have been steadily improving. I was never naturally gifted in mathematics. I always studied and had to work and practice at it. I was never one of those students who breezed through simply by paying attention in class and following along. I always had to go home and review my notes and read the textbook. Moreover, both times for the SHSAT I only was able to achieve admission to Brooklyn Tech and no higher. So I’ve been slightly embarrassed and somewhat ashamed that I’m a math teacher that really didn’t do so well with the subject itself as a student.
So yesterday in class, we were three sessions ahead of schedule and instead of going forward I slowed the class down and challenged my students with a set of SAT math problems. They moaned and groaned, but they all did better than they had anticipated and were quite pleased. I even have a 13 year-old who scored 100%. But most of all, I was pleased with myself, lol. 14 or 15 years ago I would not have been able to do most of these problems, let alone finish so quickly. I bought this book a year ago and yesterday was the first time I really opened it and did some problems which shows how intimidated I’ve been with such a caliber of mathematics.
Now that I have a benchmark, I can’t wait to teach CJ SAT math problems when he’s 12.