I am a math tutor. People come to my house, and I try to awaken them to the thrills of mathematics. It doesn’t always work.

This summer, I have a very active tutoring schedule, two days a week. I tutor from 8:30-3:30 Mondays and Thursdays. Some kids are getting caught up in Algebra I, some are trying to get ahead in Geometry or Algebra II, and others are coming for SAT/ACT prep.

It’s the latter that I will talk about today.

But I digress.

Anyway, I had just told Tutoring Student #507 that she needed to sharpen her logic skills in order to attack problems of the type that we were working on. She was working through a problem, doing really well, when the dogs decided to bark at a squirrel or something. On impulse, I sharply said, “LOGIC!” and my poor student jumped.

Logic, the dog, skulked away and stopped barking at the happenings outdoors. #507 looked down at her test booklet in horror. I realized how awful that must have seemed almost instantaneously, and said, “Oh, gosh, no, I’m sorry — the dog’s NAME is ‘Logic,’ see, I wasn’t fussing at you at all, you’re doing great! Keep going — you’re on the right track.”

After the initial shock and awkwardness, we had a good laugh and I’m sure she told her mother about THAT one…

And now I’ll remember that I need to preface my discussions about how one must use logic to do these problems with “oh, and by the way, my dog’s name is Logic so if he barks I’m probably going to fuss at him… Don’t think I’m fussing at you…”

Really, it was pretty funny. But I felt really bad because I know I scared #507 with that admonition. Tee hee… “Mommmmmm, the tutor yelllllled at meeeeeeee…..”

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6 Responses

1. Bwahahahahaha!! Poor girl!

But guess what? When she’s doing that SAT? She’ll remember!

2. Now the poor girl thinks she needs to take your dog into her test…you know, to “use Logic” 😉

3. Nancy D.

I’m with Martha.

She will remember……

Maybe you don’t wanna tell them ahead of time.

4. Too funny!
And what a teaching technique that would have been if the dog was not actually in the picture. When you see your student working on the math problem longer than she needs to, shout out “LOGIC!” to get them to stop, find the answer, and move on. Hmmmm…. 🙂

5. Darren says,

Condense this and sent it to Reader’s Digest.
ANd use “LOGIC!!” as a teaching ploy with ALL your students.”

🙂

6. “Thrills” and “mathematics” in the same sentence?