Math = Love: A New Hobby

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A New Hobby

This summer, I'm trying to strike a balance between developing myself professionally, relaxing, and making time for experiences that I don't have time for during the school year.

I've been playing the piano since the 5th grade.  But, this summer I've decided to take up the guitar.  It's been a slow, slow process.  For some reason, my instinct is to try to hold the guitar upside down.  Once I figured this out and corrected myself, it's been a little smoother sailing.  My fingers don't especially like to form the chords, and it's been frustrating at times.  Some days, I'll even proclaim something is impossible.  But, I'm watching online video lessons at, so I know it can't be impossible because I'm watching someone prove that it is possible.

Playing The Guitar

My mom has been reminding me that it's good that I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something that doesn't come naturally to me.  I have this secret desire of being one of those teachers who whips their guitar out in class and composes a math song on the spot.  I've got a long, long way to go (I know a grand total of 3 chords!), but it's exciting to see myself getting better with regular practice.

My New Best Friend :) 
It reminds me of a conversation I had with some kids at Vacation Bible School.  Our theme is River of Life, and the verse for the week is John 4:14.  It's a pretty long memory verse, but our kids have shown that they are capable of learning it IF they put in some work.

On the third night of VBS, several kids finally got the verse memorized.  As the girls who had memorized it finished their turn of standing and reciting the verse, one boy protested that the girls had cheated.  The verse was projected on the screen, but I had intentionally made the girls stand with their backs to the screen.  How could they have cheated?

Curious, I asked that exact questions.  The answer made me laugh.  "They cheated by practicing with Memaw's Bible!"

Cheating by practicing?  If that was true, I would wish all of my students would cheat!

Hard work pays off.  My skill at playing the guitar will be a direct reflection of the time I put into learning it.  I need this reminder.


  1. Hi Sarah!

    Good for you for learning the guitar. I too have aspirations to sing to my students one day... poor them! But I've bought myself a ukulele (a red one, of course) and have been trying to learn it in my spare time this year. I have very far to go.

    On another note, I am a pre-service teacher and I find your site to be so useful and inspiring. I love all the wonderful activities you do with your students! Thanks for publishing it all here for us to read, and please keep it up :)


    1. Ooooh! The ukulele sounds like fun! Maybe I'll put learning it on my bucket list. I wonder if it's similar to the guitar??? I know next to nothing about stringed instruments...

      I started reading math teacher blogs when I was a pre-service teacher, too! Thanks so much for your kind words!

    2. Yeah, it is fun! Only four strings, though.