"Math and I don’t get along. While we are civil out of necessity, I make it a practice not to do math in public. It just never turns out well. I think our disharmony can be traced back to the early beginnings of our relationship when my second grade teacher would smack our knuckles with a ruler if we used our fingers when adding. I was terrified of her and I soon became terrified of math. It’s been a rocky road ever since.
So how ironic that my 100th blog post (insert big fanfare here!) is about math. I don’t want my students to be afraid of math, nor do I want them to share the same ambivalent feelings I have."