Math is the language of science, engineering and technology. And like any language, it is best acquired through lengthy, in-depth practice. Unfortunately, thinking you’re not very good at something can be a quick path to disliking and avoiding it, even if you do have natural ability. You can begin to avoid practicing it, because to your mind, that practice is more
painful than learning what comes more easily. Not practicing, in turn, transforms what started out as a mere aversion into a genuine lack of competence. It’s important to realize that math is, to some extent, like playing a musical instrument. But the instrument you play is your own internal neural apparatus.
We at CCSS take a special interest in Mathematics Month, since it provides a platform for the school to emphasize even further the importance of the subject and also try to infuse it with other aspects to make the subject more fun. Music has played that role perfectly. On Thursday, 1st November the Mathematics Department put on a grand assembly for the school to open Mathematics Month. This included spoken word performances to music pieces about the subject.