Math = Love: Those Students...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Those Students...

As a teacher, I know I'm not supposed to have favorites.  But, there are those students who go out of their way just to make you smile.  There are those students who notice the extra things that you do.  There are those students who ask you how your day is and truly take the time to listen.  There are the students who bring you cake on your birthday.  There are the students who laugh at your jokes and tell you new jokes.  There are the students who put forth effort on every assignment, who ask for help when they need it.  There are the students who come to visit you just to say hi.  There are the students who invade your classroom before school, at lunch, and after school to talk, to listen, and to be heard.  There are the students who come to you for hugs, band-aids, and advice for their future.  

I love all my students, but there are some who have earned a special place in my heart.  These are the students I will remember always.  These are the students who are more than my students.  They have become my friends.

Yes, I know they taught me in college to never become friends with my students.  There is supposed to be that clear line between teacher and student.  But, they weren't exactly honest with me in college.  They didn't tell me how hard teaching was going to be.  They didn't tell me about the politics that come with working in a school.  They didn't tell me about the drama.  They didn't tell me how much my life would be impacted by high stakes testing and teacher evaluation programs.  They didn't tell me about how much I would grow to care for the students that call me Ms. Hagan.  They didn't tell me that some days there would be more important things than achieving the objective that I spelled out on my lesson plan.  They didn't tell me how emotional teaching was.  They didn't tell me what it would feel like to constantly give of yourself, with no guarantee of anything in return.        

So, maybe I am breaking the rules.  Maybe I will regret this some day.  But, then again, maybe not.
Last Week's Holiday
Most days, the holiday I research and write up on the board goes largely unnoticed.  But, some days, my students surprise me.  This was one of those days:

A note from a friend...
Encouragement From A Friend...


  1. I could not agree more with this post. I tell all my friends that are going through the education program that they will never understand until they are in their own room teaching.

  2. A few things....

    1. Your blog ROCKS. I have gotten so many ideas that I love and I must thank you for. I've gotten started with foldables and LOVE them. Don't know why I didn't think of this 5 years ago! So thank you :):)
    2. I wonder if you have done a post on the interactive notebook in general already. I really am wanting to switch gears next school year into interactive notebooks (thanks to you!), but I wonder if you have suggestions for how to get started, things to definitely do, definitely NOT do, details like do students put practice problems in there, how many problems, do you collect and grade them, etc. If you did a post like this and I missed it, where is it!
    3. I send your blog to as may of my math colleagues as I can. It's genius. :)

    Ok, done now. Thanks! :)

    1. Thanks for your sweet, sweet comment, Rachel! And, thanks for sharing my blog with colleagues. That means so much to me.

      I'm presenting at my state math teacher conference this summer on getting started with interactive notebooks, so I'm hoping to have a blog series started soon on that very topic.

  3. Hi,
    I'm so inspired by your blog! I just discovered in my late twenties I want to be a teacher. I've since been subbing mostly but I'm so deathly afraid of actually commandeering a classroom full of students. Thanks for the encouragement and positive sentiments daily. I even started working on logic puzzles! I'm a big fan :)

    1. Thank you so much! Good luck with your teaching endeavors!