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May 06, 2008

Put First Things First

Follow-up to The Problematic Multi–tasking Characteristics of Mine from Wee Hoe's blog

The use of the quadrants is based on Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The third habit: put first things first, which was identified  by Covey (1989),  introduced the use of the quadrants according to the principles of personal management.


数学与我

依稀记得,小三时曾夺得数学比赛冠军。虽然自此至初中并不再获奖,但数学考试成绩都是非常接近满分的。直到踏入高中,同时上普通数学及高级数学,我才有对数学产生厌恶感的时期。

记得有一次,级任老师召见,问我是不是成绩册上记录的分数出错:普数94分,高数49分。我告诉她,该纪录没问题。

把普数及高数同时教予一个学生,这样的教育系统根本就有问题。两者间的难度差别甚远,即使是普数顶呱呱的学生也未必能应付得来。结果,几乎所有“有进取心的”同学都花大笔钱‘请’教高数的老师在校外教补习班。穷学生如我,只好自求多福。

那些在校外有老师“照顾”的学生,有时候会把补习班的习题带到课堂上来讨论。此举本质上没不妥,只要老师陈述习题的前提,让班上所有的学生都能一起学习。然而,老师并没有那么做,反而借机宣传其补习班。

鉴于老师没有热忱教导落后的学生,我在临考大马教育文凭的半年便“脱离正轨”,全面自修及拟定应试计划。我组织了“学习小组”,引导一些有兴趣自修的同学一起温习功课。同时,我重新编排普数及高数的章节,使这“两”个学科接轨,二合为一。基于扎实的普数基础,我很快地吸收了部分的高数知识与技能。可惜的是,数学是须要多练习的。仅靠理解而缺乏练习的我,在正式的考试中只得C3(介于6569分之间,并因年而异)。

在放榜那天,教高数的老师见到我,说他很意外地看到我这几乎不曾及格的学生竟能考到不错的成绩(在那个年代的大马小镇,C3算是不错了)。当时的我微笑不语。 其实我很想对他说:我是有能耐考获A1的!可恨的大马畸形教育系统!

十年后的今天,我当年的高数老师应该会更加意外:我在英国华威大学的教育学院当博士生,从事有关中学数学教育的研究。这是老天爷在开玩笑呢,还是冥冥中早有安排?

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