## 5. It’s Too Hard

September 29, 2017

**The Complaint**:

**It’s too hard!**………………

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**The Cause**:

#### This response often results when students face some new topic – often beyond numbers – that students can’t handle on auto pilot. Instead of working through the problem, they crash and burn.

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**The Solution:**

#### I’m going to tell you a story. Bear with me for a minute. You did maths from Grade 1 to 6. You’re cool. No major dramas. Then something happens. A new topic, perhaps. Or a new teacher and a new topic. You don’t get it. You sit there looking confused. And then you do this. You say ‘I can’t do maths’( See post here) or ‘It’s too hard’.

#### In my maths teacher days terror topics were:

#### Long division

#### Algebra

#### Dividing Fractions

#### Geometry (because so few students listen to what the teacher is saying.)

#### Trigonometry (Lot of, you know, things to learn. Equations and stuff.)

#### So you stop doing maths. You retire at the age of, maybe, 13 years.

#### If you hit the MATHS WALL, here’s what you have to do. Back up a bit. Do some warm up maths on the topic. It’s out there.

#### eg. The Kahn Academy. I’m not saying it is easy. (See THE MATHS SPEECH here) I’m telling you it is doable. Practise.

#### Maths is always TOO HARD when you give up. But when you try amazing things can happen.

#### Besides, if a raccoon can do it.

#### Here is an exercise that you didn’t think you could do. But it is entirley doable by Middle School students with patience.

# Karate Maths of OUCH! That hurts!

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