I think everyone at one point or another think about their career choice and what they are doing with their lives. As the new year starts up, it is something that I like to remind myself about as I begin with a new set of students. I know there will be times during this year that will test me and this helps me to stay focused on the reason I get up every morning and go into my classroom.
When I was in junior high I knew I wanted to be a math teacher. I had the best math teacher who made fractions fun (who would of thought) and I wanted to be like her. So, I entered the education department in college to become a teacher. However, I was swayed by some teachers who did not like their job. So I switched to Computer Science. I thought I would go for the money.
That was the hardest and best decision I think I have ever made. I was a natural in my education courses. However, I struggled in the computer classes. I worked harder than ever to pass those classes. But I was determined to never give up. I finally graduated with a BS in Computer Science and had a job. I hated it. I realized, sitting there in my little cubicle, that I was designed to be with other human beings. But not just with them, but teaching them. However, I know that it has made me a better teacher.
After graduation I went through an alternative program to get my teaching certification. I have been teaching ever since and now I am starting my 11th year as a math teacher.
I enjoy working with students and helping them learn new things. When they get that look on their face that says “Oh! I get it!” it sends me through the roof with excitement for them. This past week I was listening to students conversations about how to solve for n (5th grade students) and it was the first week of school! I was smiling from ear to ear.
But that time I spent in those computer science classes helped me the most. You know those students that have the look on their faces as you explain a new concept that says you are speaking a foreign language to them? That was me in those computer classes. I understand what they are feeling.
This is another year that we have begun. My goal is to make it the best year of their (my students) lives. I want them to love school and teach them as much as I can so that they can be successful!!! And if some of them tell me that I am their favorite teacher, it helps, even if they might just say it so I don’t work them too hard. 🙂