I don’t consider myself a numbers person. I was never comfortable with math. And after my 9th grade algebra teacher told me “girls don’t need math”, I pretty much tuned out. But I find myself needing to keep company with numbers, especially at this time of year when we are planning the budget and working on payroll for the next school year. I sat in the finance director’s office with my netbook opened to a spreadsheet I had created. I had all the numbers she needed – how many hours, how many students, level on the salary sheet, certification qualifiers. And as we passed numbers back and forth, I found that I wasn’t as nervous as I have been in past year. I knew this would work out. And, perhaps best of all, I knew there wouldn’t be a test at the end of our session.

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elsie

said:I am glad to read the numbers are working out. It seems that in so many places the numbers don’t add up, then someone will suffer the consequences.

Elizabeth G

said:It sounds like you are comforted by the prepareness that numbers bring. I am not good with numbers, but feel comfort in data and what that gives me. Good luck with your number crunching…I hope that the data is helpful and that it gives good results. 🙂

Mrs. V

said:It was great to see that you had the realization that numbers weren’t so bad after all!

Linda Baie

said:It seems that your expertise has found its way to numbers, too. How awful was that teacher to make that comment. I’m glad you know it can be different. Nice to tell us too.

Ashley C.

said:Isn’t this the kind of thing we could wish for our students to see? Numbers are essential to daily life, and they don’t have to be intimidating. Their purpose is not to pass a test, but to effectively and productively live your life.

ng/Nora

said:You are so right in pointing out the need “to keep company with numbers”. Congratulations on gaining some numerical confidence.

Diana Martin

said:I love the line about keeping company with numbers. I’m curious about the number 56. 🙂