10. Getting to share a subject I love.
I have loved math since I was in elementary school and have always wanted to teach it.
9. Knowing that I am helping to shape the future.
The lessons I try to teach my students are not always subject specific.
8. 2 weeks off at Christmas and 2 months off in the summer.
It gives me time to rest and rejuvenate so that I can give my best to the students.
7. Getting to be a ham in front of the class.
I am actually quite shy, so acting silly helps me cover that up.
6. Thinking of multiple ways to present material so that it makes sense to different types of learners.
This is something I pride myself on being able to do – respond, rephrase, & reteach.
5. Getting to do math every day.
What can I say – I am a math geek!
4. Watching students mature over the 4 years of high school.
I teach them as Freshmen. I watch them grow up. They change so much in those 4 years, sometimes I hardly recognize them when they graduate.
3. School plays and concerts and sporting events.
I love seeing a different side of the kids that I get to know first in class. I am often surprised by the artists, athletes, singers and scholars – everyone has more than one persona!
2. Finding ways to connect with even the most math-phobic students.
This is another strength of mine – finding ways to reduce math anxiety by helping them find ways to be successful.
1. Lightbulb moments – when my students have that a-ha moment.
These literally light up my life – I strive to help my students achieve these milestones every day.