For a lot of us, math can be scary. When we think of math we think of red marks on exam pages, formulas we tried to memorize only to forget mid-test, and the overwhelming sense that we just don’t understand. One of my first memories of math is standing at a chalkboard in third grade trying to do long division. Everything we had studied in class flew out of my mind as I stood there in front of the class. My legs began to shake. I drew a line on the board, and then dropped the chalk and walked back to my seat, not even trying to provide an explanation. It was like a bad dream, but it had really happened, and I couldn’t shake the memory for many years.