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Aug. 30, 2022

Making Math Fun For Kids with Jaliyla Fraser

Making Math Fun For Kids with Jaliyla Fraser

S3 Episode 8 - Jaliyla Fraser

Welcome to Season Three of the Dr. B show sponsored by One 11 spa and Aesthetics, Get More Clicks Media and Transforming Your Way to Success. Online course powered by Borja Consulting Group. Hey guys, Dr. B here, hopefully, you get to enjoy my next episode of the Dr. B show with the lovely Jaliyla Fraser. She is the CEO and founder of Fraser's Mathematic Solutions.

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Hi, everyone.

Welcome to the Dr. B Show. I'm your host, Dr. B in a remote location, parts, unknown I'm with a great Jaliyla Fraser. How are you? Hi, good morning. I'm well, how are you doing great? Doing great. You know, um, I'm excited. These are one of the last, uh, recordings of the Dr. B show before I go into post-production.

So very excited about that. So so let's, uh, let's dive right into it. So tell everyone about yourself. So one, thank you for having me on your podcast. Um, I think this is my second podcast, but this is my first virtual. Okay. So definitely will remember this, um, about myself. My name is Ja. And I am a passionate math educator, uh, trying to create pipelines of students that aren't afraid of math, so that we can continue to have generational wealth and, and be able to prosper and have a command of mathematics and not be afraid of it.

And I do that in so many different ways, whether through my personal journey or my journey with my business, um, as an entrepreneur and CEO of my own company. Love it love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. So what made you start? Um, Frazier's mathematic solutions? I mean, I always like to hear, like, was it, um, you know, yesterday I had a, I had someone and it was because of an event.

Right. She was downsized and then she kind of reinvented herself. I like to hear, I love to hear different stories. So far, for me, yeah, absolutely. I just, I, I just had, I got to a point where I peaked at my organization and then I had to take the next step, which is, you know, Entrepreneurship. Right. So would love to hear your story.

absolutely. You know, it's funny because. As human beings, we get to this ceiling and it's like, although you're tired, you want to do more? Do you know what I mean? Like your brain is always wanting you to do more. And I think that's the awesome thing. I guess, similar to you, I peaked, but not necessarily at my organization.

I peaked that, um, working with adults, so. I was the youngest supervisor, um, of mathematics in my former school district. And with that came a lot of new things. Um, great things as well as challenges. But the one thing I missed as a mathematics supervisor is working directly with children. Um, for four years I was a math physics teacher, but then when I became the supervisor of math, I was responsible for it.

Teachers and making sure that they had the appropriate curriculum and professional development and all the things to, to keep their, uh, pedagogy afloat. And with that, I wasn't as closely connected with students. And so. What I decided to do one year was create a steam summer program for students. Um, so that again, we can create pipelines, but it was a little selfish for me because I just wanted to be around kids.

Um, and it just kind of grew, I, I knew I always wanted a professional development company. I just didn't realize it was going to come this soon. And God was gonna bless me with the right tools. To make it happen. So two years I had a steam summer program that only operated in the summer. And then the pandemic came.

So for the two years, uh, during the pandemic, well, maybe it was 10 years cuz it feels like 10 years for this pandemic. Good. For those two, those two years during the pandemic, I. Rebranded the organization, uh, built a lot of things around making sure that I supported, not just students but adults. So, uh, educators, parents.

Um, and when I say educators, I mean the principals of schools, math coaches, math teachers, so that we can kind of have a bubble around students and ensure. That it's not just their heavy lifting. It's everyone around us, to make sure that they feel good about mathematics and not have that fear and, and that anxiety.

So, you know, and it's blossomed. And now I'm so excited to say that the company is growing, it's scaling. Um, we are in so many different school districts, so many different, um, you know, places and being able to spread the message, spread what we know what's good for children. Amazing news. I always like to hear stories of folks, you know, blossoming.

Um, amazing. So how was your experience? And I think I did some research on you, right? Whether it's Tyson or even at the east orange school district here in Jersey kind of helped you, how does how that experience kind of translate or help you craft you to, you know, the entrepreneur you are today? Yeah.

Um, I think. The ability to delegate the ability to understand micro and macro, uh, pieces within an organization allow, um, that's what kind, that's what I learned. Definitely. As a supervisor in the Eastern school district, I would say. Prior to me being a supervisor, I was a curriculum writer. So I understood the granular level of what it means to be task orientated.

And then when I became the supervisor at math, I recognized that I had to lead people and lead people met. You know, you have to understand the psychology of people and understand when to give and pull and when to make an executive decision versus when to allow that, you know, democratic conversation.

And I, I guess within those spaces I developed. My kind of, of niche and, and kind of like an orchestra and how am I doing this and how am I doing that? So as I transferred these skills into the business, um, I can clearly see how. all the skills that I've learned as a supervisor has, has definitely helped.

Um, I'm learning a lot more because I didn't major in business. So, you know, some things like knowledge, understanding your profit net loss and your margins and all of those things. Like I'm still learning exciting things, gross profit cost of goods, all that jazz. Right. And you would think because, you know, my major's mathematics that it would come so easy.

The math of it comes easy, but. When to apply it, right? Not concept Chicago, right? And those things I'm, I'm definitely learning and taking it all in, but again, the micro and the macro piece of running a business, I think I was definitely prepared from my, my, my previous experience. Nice. Nice. No, I appreciate it.

No, of course. How has COVID, uh, kind of through curve, through a curve ball at all of us? Right. How did throw a curve ball at you, you know, doing your stuff on-site versus online, or were you able to pivot? Can you kind of expand on that? Yeah, I was definitely able, able to pivot. I think one thing about me, I've always been creative.

I've always been innovative when it came to challenges. Um, and I think because. My mathematical abilities. Like I see problems as something to like get through. Right. And so for COVID, it was all right, how do we become nimble? What do we do to ensure that the companies still last, like, you know, companies don't last after, before five years, you know, they shut down.

I'm happy to say that June 26th of this year will be my five-year anniversary and I'm gonna celebrate big. So. Just being able to understand how we use the tools like zoom and all these different things to still be able to get district contracts and school contracts. Um, we were able to do that, and I think now the challenge is, Hey, how do we get back into in-person?

Do you know what I mean? Cause we're so comfy now. Exactly, exactly. Indeed working our pajamas or at least zoom. Right. exactly, exactly. But, um, it's impacted in a good way. I would, I would say that's one thing about COVID, with my business. Yeah. Great. I'm glad it did glad I had, at least you were able to pivot and still thrive despite the challenges.

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So in the next vision, I think it's coming up. So like, what's your opinion? What do you think should be instilled into the classroom? Is it financial literacy more? Is it, I don't know. You, you're the expert. So what we, you still when it comes. When it comes to that revision is such a tricky word because before NJ SLS common core was there.

Right. But the only thing that changed from common core to NJ SLS was little buzzwords. Like if you look at the K the 12 standards, you'll see like, Line by line, which word changed or which word was emitted, but the essence of the standard was still there. I would say a big overhaul happened from what was called NJ CCCs to the common core.

Like that was the big overhaul. And that was like 2008. So yeah, I think we are due, we are overdue some, some changes. Um, I will say when it comes to. Standards, and the impact that my company has with assisting with that type of transition. Um, we were fortunate enough to work with a, a very known, um, and respected organization in the education space, um, called achieved the core and with achieved the core they were tasked to decide or, or help dwindle, which standards, common core.

Um, that student should focus on. After the pandemic, right? So we have to say, Hey, this standard is extremely important. We were gonna prioritize this standard. Hey, this standard right here, probably isn't as important. Let's reduce the amount of time students spend on it. Or maybe this standard is important.

For this year, let's just eliminate it because this does not help students get to where they need to be post-pandemic. And the goal is to try to catch them up and close, you know, the gaps that got widened. So I and my directive curriculum were the authors of that particular document.

And then that document was then shared with schools, and districts nationwide. So many schools and districts took those recommendations and, uh, used that within their curriculum, within their guidance. But as we were making those decisions about the standards, It was important, to note that this can be the beginning of how we look at the standards and how important this standard is versus that.

So bringing a full circle to kind of, you know, answer your question. Do I feel like, you know, it should be revised and, and what should be included in the next provision? I think we've done a lot of ground. Already in terms of which standards are extremely important. Um, and so I do think some of the things that we've made recommendations for would be a great foundation for us to start on a nation, um, nationwide level.

How do we, you know, incorporate these standards into curriculum documents, love it. So basically groundwork's already there just a matter of continuing to implement them in, the absolute school districts throughout the, throughout the state absolutely district. And maybe throughout that country eventually.

Right. Hopefully, you're national. Right. So that's good. Amazing. I mean, it is a national organization, so not only did this New Jersey make those recommendations, North Carolina took those recommendations. Exactly. California take took those recommendations and used that within their, you know, local curricula.

So yeah, love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. So what are you doing to make Mac math fun? Uh, for, for our students, uh, we do a lot, um, during the school year, we Don. Uh, work directly with students because we think it's important to support educators. So we work with the principals, we work with math teachers.

So like for 10 months, it's all about them. But during the summer is when we pull out all the stops for students. Um, so we work with, um, uh, cities, so, um, municipalities department of recreations and so forth, and we create curricula. And provide students with authentic steam experiences. So very similar to my first two years in business, when I created a steam summer program, now it's grown to be able to support other localities.

Um, And, and using the awesome things. So they go on trips to, um, New York City. They go to the museum of mathematics. They learn about graph theory. They learn about, um, so many different, cool things. And then we do stem labs with them. Um, and its challenges. They learn how, you know, the scientific method.

They learn how to conduct an experiment. They learn so many different cool things, and, they learn perseverance. And then they do 3d printing. So I remember one year it was super, super cool. It was the year when black Panther was big. Yeah. And we try to make a lot of the things culturally relevant.

So they 3d printed their own, um, faces. Like we had them scan their heads and their faces, and then they made their action figures. And so they were so proud of their action figures. Because it represented them, them like it was them. Um, and it was just like a, a great backdrop to the movement of black Panther and.

And everything that was happening. Um, we do a lot of things like, so we'll work with, let's say Sigma beta club, and we do a stem lab called Bunge, BA Batman, and they learn the mathematics behind bungee jumping and they have to create a simulation to make sure Batman doesn't die, um, you know, with physical objects and so forth.

So we literally. Try our best to make things hands-on. Um, but bringing the math to the forefront so that they can see the benefit and you know why it's important. Cause we always want to answer the question for students. Well, why do I need this anyway? That's what all they. Always ask. And we try to answer that question in fun ways.

That's awesome. That's great. Keep making fun, right? As opposed to just standard paper question, and answer. Right. So I love it. I love it. I'm winding down the last two questions. This has been a great interview by the way. So what advice would you give parents to assist, uh, children with their math? Um, we do this all the time.

It's so much fun. um, so we work with the school. So I told you during the school year, we work with adults, right? Um, we have something called a math Institute for parents and the Institute. We are teaching parents mathematics. For their student in their grade level so that they can help their child at home.

With math, we saw during the pandemic, um, the parents became teachers. We probably need to give a lot of them an honorary teaching certificate because they, like, knew that they had to help their kids, with homework, but it becomes frustrating for parents, especially when they consider this, the new math.

So when I say, when we say. For, parents, we teach parents the right questions to ask their children when their child gets stuck. Right. Um, because sometimes your child may just need a jolt, um, or something to refresh your memory. And so we, we layer. Teaching math to parents with these questions on how to ask their students so that, their child can get back into the groove.

But then we also teach parents math because we want them to feel confident that they can work directly. With their child and they don't have to feel like, well, I don't know this answer. Do you know what I mean? Like they're on this journey together. So I would say overall, my tip for parents, if I were to give one tip is to make sure that you have a growth mindset with your child and have, um, positive conversations.

In mathematics. So instead of saying something like, yeah, I was never really good at math or, you know, I don't know, go ask your father. something like that, you know, try to change the conversation and say, Hey, I don't understand it, but Hey, let's. See what we can do together to figure it out because that releases a lot of tension and anxiety that the student may already have.

Um, math can be challenging for a lot of people. And when things are challenging, sometimes, you know, the path of least resistance is to give up, but we don't want that to happen because we don't see a lot of black and brown, um, you know, faces in, in these stem fields. And I'm just tired of being in this space.

Um, and it's not a lot of me that, that whether it's female, whether it's, you know, African American, Latino students, like we are not there the way we should be. And it's not because we don't have the aptitude it's because we don't have, you know, People to say, Hey, you can do it or, or examples of it. So I think it starts at home with parents and making sure that their child knows that they're in this together and that they can be very successful in math.

If they continue to be to persevere. So love it, love it, love the conversation. Great advice. Um, as far as growth and I, I tend to do that with my daughter, so I guess I'm in the right direction. So as far as that's great. So thank you. Thank you so much. Where can people find you? How can people contact you if they're interested in learning more about your service, and your organizations, this is a shout-out time.

Yes. You know, I always wanna do that. Hey, find me at no, I'm just playing so you can definitely find me, um, on Instagram. F underscore M underscore solutions, the same tag on Twitter, um, on Facebook and LinkedIn, uh, it's spelled all the way out Fraser's Mathematics Solutions. And then my website, you can buy me at www.fmsolutions.site.

And you'll be able to find all the awesome things that we do to support and create that pipeline of, um, amazing learners in mathematics. Thank you so much. Jaliyla, thank you so much for my show. Appreciate it. Wow. Thank you. Thank you for having me. This was fun.

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