My name is Sarah Hagan, and if you asked my high school math students, they would tell you that I am weird. (Seriously, somewhere in the world of facebook, there is a photo of me floating around that has the caption "This is my weird teacher.") Why do they think I'm weird? I love math. And, the more time students spend in my classroom, the more they start to love math. Okay. Maybe I'm taking that a little too far. A more accurate statement would be that they start to hate math less.
Recently, a student from last year came by my room to visit. She is enrolled in Geometry this year which I do not teach. These were the words that came out of her mouth: "I wish I could have you for Geometry. I miss your class, and I NEVER thought I would ever say that about a math class." I am more than a math teacher. I am a difference maker and a life changer.
I teach Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Statistics in the tiny, oil field town of Drumright, Oklahoma. It's a former boom town with a lot of history. I get to experience part of that history on a daily basis; the building I teach in has been around since 1919. I teach in a small school of around 175 students.
I am obsessed with making math as fun as possible. I believe that life is better when things are colorful and chocolate is abundant. My laminator is my best friend, and I can't imagine teaching math without using an interactive notebook. I'm pretty sure I've started thinking in terms of foldables and graphic organizers.