edu180atl: maddie schroeder 2.15.12
Many days, I accidentally learn life lessons. Today was one of those days. In math, we’ve been learning the order of operations and the process P.E.D.M.A.S. In class, I worked on my practice problems, some in my head, and finished my classwork. We checked our work and saw that one of my answers was wrong. I did the problem time after time, and still came up with the wrong answer. I realized that I wasn’t following the process. I needed to. As I tried the problem again, using P.E.D.M.A.S., I got the correct answer! Now, I am comparing the “process” to life. Sometimes, when people have a problem to solve or a job to accomplish, they think, “let’s do this really fast, and get it over with.” They rush through the task and then are not happy with the result, or have to do the job over to get the right answer. You must be organized, do one thing at a time and follow a process to correctly get jobs done and problems solved. I realized that I have a process for getting ready in the morning, doing my homework and lots of other stuff in my life. Today, I learned to be aware of what you are learning and use that knowledge in your life. Life is all about the process and the decisions you make. I know that using a process to solve a problem is not only useful in math, but in life!
About the author: My name is Maddie Schroeder. I am 11 years old and live in Atlanta, Ga. with my mom, dad, sister and two dogs. I’m a 5th grader at Trinity School. I’m a swimmer and basketball player who is very optimistic about life.