Development of Your Whole Mind

I am an educator, but as a child, I wanted to be a minister. I am not sure why I thought that being a minister was a good idea because I was not religious. However, there is something about being in front of a room telling stories to an appreciative audience that is very attractive to me. In my early twenties, this drive pointed me towards being a college professor, and I pursued that goal as a graduate student in mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Reluctantly, I left the graduate program at Stony Brook prematurely with a Masters degree when my first wife lost her job, and I had to find work to support our family. I intended to return to graduate school to complete my Ph.D., but in my late twenties, I choose to earn money working for IBM instead of returning to school to accomplish my goal. At the time, I argued that I could make good money at IBM and attend school at night since I BM would pay for my education. Working all day and going to school at night is easier said than done since I also wanted a healthy social life. At the time, I lived in Rockland County, worked in Westchester County and attended New York University in lower Manhattan. My improbable schedule was destined for failure since I also wanted to dance to Reggae music a couple of nights a week and pursue a computer science degree instead of mathematics since I believed that computer science would give me a more significant push at IBM.

 

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After some years as a programmer and systems analyst at IBM, I found my way back to the front of the room. I became a seminar director at Erhart Seminar Training Forum in New York City which led me to become an Executive Instructor at IBM's Executive Conference Center in Palisades, New York. I lived for this opportunity. Speaking to the top business executives from companies like American Airlines, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and The Hartford was a dream come true. I remember going to Cape Kennedy to speak to a department of Lockheed Martin employees the day before they launched a Space Shuttle. This trip was such a treat because, after my presentation, I toured Cape Kennedy where I had a chance to touch all the shuttles and the next morning, deep in the Florida swamp, I watched a shuttle roar as it took off for a trip into space.

 

Looking back, I realize that those years at IBM Executive Institue were the high point of my career. I was a Keynote Speaker at IBM Palisades Conference Center, an Award-winning speaker at IBM User Group Conferences, taught executives around the United States, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Canada. I loved the travel and the people I would meet. It was an emotional high when I had an audience in the palm of my hands.

After I retired from IBM, I became a facilitator for the University of Pheonix (UoP) where I returned to my roots. I taught mathematics again after years of teaching business and technology topics at IBM. Teaching at the UoP was not as glamorous, but it was still gratifying. It was at the University of Phoenix where I taught working adults online and in person that I discovered how much the average person disliked mathematics. I told my students that I was a math therapist who would transform their experience of mathematics from pain and suffering to joy and pleasure. This promise would get their attention since so many students had bad experience around learning mathematics. So now my goal is to teach the teacher how to teach mathematics to young children so that the children had a joyful experience in their classes. 

So, I started a research project to understand what would make young children enjoy mathematics and science. I soon realized that for young students to perform well in mathematics or any other subject for that matter, we needed to prepare the minds for that undertaking. We need to sharpen the necessary skills of the brain which meant improving memory, maintain attention, encourage mental flexibility, enhance speed, recognize patterns, improve problem-solving and decision making. If we did that, the young child's mind would ready to learn mathematics. The best way I  know to stimulate the brain is to play games. So, I have become a games consultant where I could recommend games that would help children build their whole mind.  Then there are critical elements of mathematics that must be understood to thrive in the world of mathematics. An essential ingredient is the processes that are central to understanding mathematics - Counting, Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing for beginners.  We use the methods every day but can we explain to 5-year old the process of Counting or Adding or Multiplying. I have been studying how to communicate effectively how these processes work to children because I believe that if they understand the process, they will feel more joy than doing things that they don't understand.

I have decided to use this website as a way to encourage anyone who would like to develop their mind. Watch videos and play some of the games to learn exciting topics in Mathematics and Science. Also. Please ask questions and make comments so that we could all learn together.