Abdiel, the oldest of the three Twisters, is not exactly what you would call a brilliant student. He is not the brightest kid in the classroom and his grades are not straight As. I would say he’s in the middle of the pack, struggling to get a passing grade. That’s okay as long as he shows a disposition to learn and keep hanging in there so to speak.
Lately Abdiel was having problems with his multiplication tables. In Panama it’s mandatory for fifth-grade students to learn the multiplication tables from one to twelve. Then follows the torture of fractions and algebra in fifth and sixth grade. This knowledge will be basic for Calculus and Statistics in college. That’s where the stuff hits the fan. Even though I’m pretty good with numbers, I almost flunk in Statistics and Calculus. In order to get a passing grade I had to hire a Hindu mentor. He did a fine job and showed me the way. I saw the light and the rest is history.
Yesterday, Sunday, March 24, 2013, Abdiel passed the final test on the multiplication subject. He passed the test with flying colors. Not a single mistake. I was already expecting that and had prepared an Accomplishment Award to celebrate the occasion. Now he’s ready to tackle simple and compound fractions and elements of algebra. I know he will do well; if not, I’ll be there as a safety net.
Below is Abdiel with his flamboyant Achievement Award. He’s on his way in becoming a college student. I hope I’m still around to cherish the moment. Here we go.
Numbers are not arid or boring. They can be fun and interesting if you are able to play games with the students showing them creative methods of learning. I think we succeeded in doing that with Abdiel. Good Day.