I went to college to learn how to teach math. However, as my first semester of teaching starts to draw to a close, I realize that I am more than just a math teacher. In the past few months, I have...
...had weekly and even daily conversations with my students about what it means to be a vegetarian. My students are still amazed by the fact that I don't eat meat. We discuss the differences between vegetarianism and veganism. Our conversations often go like this: "Ms. H, you're a vegetarian, right?" Yes. "So, does that mean you can't eat potato chips?" I can eat potato chips. Why would you think that? "Well, I thought they might add something to them."
...taught a student how to make flashcards to study for their history test. I forget that study skills are something that must be taught.
...given spelling lessons. "Ms. H, are you sure you spelled algebra right on the board?" Yes.
...showed one of my students how to count change so he could determine if he had enough money to purchase something from the vending machine.
...taught two students how to tell time from an analog clock during Saturday School. The short hand points to the hour. Whichever number the short hand has most recently passed is the current hour. The long hand points to the minutes. Take the numbers around the outside of the clock and multiply them by five to find the minutes they represent.
...broadened my students' vocabulary. Today, we learned what the word "impede" means. Last week, it was "hodgepodge."
...encouraged my students to take the ACT. I encourage my seniors to start applying to colleges. I didn't realize that this would be so hard. I can encourage them, but I can't force them to actually take the next step.
...discussed with my students the fact that the three dots preceding this phrase form an ellipsis. This led to further discussion on what the three dots actually mean.
I love teaching high school. And, I love teaching math. I remember debating what age group to teach when I was in high school. Then, I was afraid that I would get tired of teaching the same math lesson over and over. Let me tell you, I may think that I will be teaching the same math lesson four times each day, but each and every lesson turns out differently. What one class grasps right away requires extra explanation in the next. Jokes are made. Life is discussed. Math problems are solved.
I don't think I could ever get bored with this job. Daily, it is a new adventure.