Hi I'm Kay and teach maths to primary age children. I have a special interest in children with maths learning difficulties and am currently looking into teaching and understanding children with dyscalculia:)
Hi Kay, I didn't know what that was, I had to look it up. Not to lessen the severity of those childrens suffering, I can say that math is really hard. I think we all have learning problems with it. At least I do. Math cost me a career in Biochemistry. For some reason I developed the integer disease. I thought that all problems had solutions like 1,2,3,4, 1/2, 1/3 and √2. The first time I saw scientific notation and decimals I freaked out. I couldn't grasp how some physical process could have an answer like 1.237653 of anything. Stymied me from that point on and I eventually grew to hate my favorite subject.
In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.