One of the biggest stumbling blocks for many math students is the requirement that they show their work and write in proper mathematical notation.

This is simultaneously the area in which other students thrive: If you can follow directions, you will succeed in math class.

Students are told that mathematics is a language like French or Spanish.  This mostly just frightens the students, or bores them if we're lucky.

What students are not often told is why we use a special language for math and why we need to follow special rules.

Click here to find out why!

If you're tired of counting with number symbols (1 2 3), check out this slideshow video I made: