Math = Love: 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Student Teaching Placement

Well, it's hard to believe, but in less than a month, I will be finally starting my student teaching.  My student teaching will actually be broken up into two placements.  The first two months will be spent in a high school, and the last two months will be spent in a middle school classroom.

It feels like I've been waiting for this for ages.  This semester, my methods course gave me a taste of what to expect in student teaching.  But, I'm looking forward to actually putting into practice all that I have been learning.  I have hundreds of great math teaching ideas bookmarked.  My entire family questions my sanity because I am constantly interrupting conversations to say that something would make a great math lesson.

After living, breathing, eating, and sleeping math for the past three and a half years, I am ready to teach math.  Am I ready, really ready?  No matter the answer to that question, my student teaching is soon to be a reality.  A reality that will begin January 4th.  It's going to be a journey, and I invite you to join me on this journey.  Any feedback, any comments, any help you would like to give, I will gladly accept.

Please join me on my math teaching journey.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Student Teaching

It's hard to believe that I've finally made it to my senior year of college.  This semester, I have been observing as well as teaching in an actual math classroom for my methods course.  It's been quite an eye-opening experience.  It's been exciting and frustrating and exciting and overwhelming all at the same time.

At the beginning of the semester, I was terrified to get up in front of the classroom.  I had talked with the teacher beforehand, and we had agreed that I would just observe the class during my first visit.  Imagine my surprise when I found myself working problems on the board in front of the class.  It turned out to be a good thing.  It got me out of my comfort zone, but it was necessary.  I mean, if I want to be a teacher, it had to happen sometime.  It just happened sooner than I had planned...

My education professor came and observed my teaching last week.  His first comment to me after watching me teach was "You've got confidence up there.  I like that."  So, I guess I've come a long way in the past six or so weeks since my first experience in front of the classroom.

Math always came easily for me as a student in school.  So, a degree in mathematics was an easy choice.  Honestly, though, I didn't realize what a degree in math entailed.  Had I known what was meant by topology or analysis, I would have likely ran away, terrified, from this field.  However, I didn't run away.  I have persevered, and I am a better person for it.  The field of mathematics is a vast, beautiful, and often frustrating subject.  As I told someone the other day, "math makes the world a better place."  This is something I truly believe, and I hope to be able to share my love of math, my passion for math, with future generations.     

Will they leave my classroom loving math with all their hearts?  Most probably not.  Will they leave with a better appreciation of mathematics?  I certainly hope so.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I feel like I'm cheating...

I've been waiting to start this blog for ages.  I started reading math teacher blogs during my junior and senior years of high school.  Now, I'm working on finishing my junior year of college.  I'm pursuing a double major in mathematics and secondary education.

So, I feel like I'm cheating in starting this blog since, technically, I'm not a math teacher yet.  In fact, I'm not even a student teacher yet.  But, I love math and am passionate about education.  So, here I am.

The more blogs I read, the more I realize just how much effort it takes to be an effective teacher.  During the last several years of living vicariously through math teachers sharing their experiences on the web, my philosophy of how math should be taught has already shifted several times.  I've started re-evaluating my own experiences with math in the classroom as a student.

It is my hope that this blog will serve as a place to reflect on math and teaching so that I can start learning how to be an effective teacher before I ever enter my own classroom.