I’m an odd duck – I find math fascinating (especially weird conceptual stuff), but as for working it out, I don’t quickly “get it.” I managed to mostly get passing grades in middle school because I could figure out “work arounds” (there’s often more than one way to get an answer) but rarely by the method taught. Formula for maths failure in high school. Sigh.
Anyhow, I blame it largely on frequent moves during middle school creating substantial academic discontinuity. I’m also a quirky visual learner, so when math jargon was casually tossed around in a classroom my eyes glazed over and I didn’t try to understand it because by then the teacher had raced on down the road and I knew I wouldn’t catch up. I could have interrupted to ask for a proper explanation, but…I knew how that usually went. Because it would take me a bit longer than others you could almost hear the rolling eyes and suppressed sighs.
On to the point: I love math jokes! Often they are puns (which I adore!), but it’s also a way to learn what I never understood because people are generally more willing to explain these “fun bites.” So here’s a great video with some popular maths jokes “dissected in forensic fashion” from one of my favourite channels.
BTW, for those concerned about my regrettable maths deficit, no fear! I developed an ongoing, multi-layered solution:
1. I grew up. If you like learning, you learn better as you get older.
2. I taught myself the essentials I had missed and needed to know.
3. I bought cool books about fascinating mathematical topics and math shortcuts.
4. I watched “Numbers” obsessively and looked up what they were talking about.
5. When I became a sign language interpreter I learned the “tech signs” for math and suddenly jargon had logical meaning! Hey, it’s not everyone’s solution. If I could make a video it would make sense, but I am not of the “selfie” generation, so making videos of myself seems narcissistic.
6. Then I homeschooled my children and I am now very much better at maths.