The American Heritage Dictionary defines philosophy as the “love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline” (para 1 2005). The second definition in the American Heritage Dictionary states that philosophy is an “investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods”(para 1 2005). Philosophy of education means that I love education and that I am in search to pursue my knowledge of education further. It also means that I am investigating every aspect of education and I am basing it on logical reasoning instead of empirical methods. The question is, “What is my philosophy of education”. There are several

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Fun. Inventive. Logical. Rational. Creative. Exciting. Amazing. There are many words that can be used to describe Mathematics but in a nutshell, it is the universal language. Mathematics is also a way of thinking. It’s having the ability to open your mind up to endless possibilities. For example, Pascal’s Triangle is an amazing and efficient way to figure out the coefficients of a binomial series. Mathematics knows different ways to solve one problem. What is so fascinating to me is that there are a lot of problems in mathematics that have a long way and a short way to solve the problem. The long way teaches you the concept and gives you a complete understanding of the problem. The short way helps you do the problem faster and efficiently and the short way is sometimes mind-blowing. Above, is the definition I gave of mathematics before I entered into this program. Now I would like to discuss the importance of mathematics. Mathematics is the future. We are steering towards a job market that will require everyone to be literate in mathematics. Moses (2001) stated that “70% of all jobs require technology literacy; by the year 2010 all jobs will require significant technical skills.” The language of technology is mathematics so in order for individuals to do their job, they must be fluent in mathematics. Another interesting thought that Moses (2001) stated was that “80% of those future jobs doesn’t exist yet”. When these jobs come into

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I always loved math so learning it came easy to me. In 7th grade, I took a test that skipped me one year in mathematics. I also learned mathematics through great teachers; however, since some of my math teachers weren’t good at teaching math, I did have problems in a few courses. In 9th grade, I took Geometry and struggled because the teacher wasn’t that good at teaching it. But when I reached Algebra II in 10th grade, I accelerated at it because I had a phenomenal teacher. My trigonometry was not good at teaching it so I suffer with trigonometry but I plan to take Pre-Calculus to get better at trigonometry. Finally during my senior year of high school, I took Calculus and even though I had a weak foundation in pre-calculus, I had an outstanding teacher who helped me achieve the second highest grade in the school in Calculus. With me, the possibilities are endless with mathematics when there is a teacher who is great at delivering mathematics. I believe the most important way to learn mathematics is through PRACTICE. I believe that there are only a few people who are just naturally good at it without practice, but for most of us, it takes practice and the willingness to learn math. How I learned mathematics was through practice. I think that every student is different though. In order for a student to learn mathematics, it is extremely important to how the lesson is delivered. So, I will