I took AP Calculus my senior year. In retrospect, I’m not 100% sure why. I have never used an ouce of it since then and I hope never to. I got a 3 on the test, in case you were wondering. I felt pretty proud of that 3. And by pretty proud I think I may have done a 3 hour happy dance when I got it in the mail….
BUT, what I do remember is trying things COUNTLESS times and not being afraid to try and make mistakes. I learned that my brain could figure things out if I just let it stew for a while.
I think that is actually the class that stretched me the hardest. I think I actually felt my brain working a few times. I’m not sure that’s possible, but I did.
And my teacher spent SO much time after school helping us. SO much time. She even came on band tour with us.
I would hope that everyone comes to a point that they realize that if they just try hard enough at something, and have the proper support, they will “get” something. Because I really “got” that in AP calculus.
I’m not sure she was my favorite teacher at the time. She was kinda hard and maybe not the most loveable person (she was a female math teacher, does that usually scream loveable?) but in hindsight I really REALLY appreciate all the time she spent. It wasn’t wasted, even though I can hardly make a graph with Conner now. Thank you, I know you loved us enough to give of your time.