At this stage of the summer holidays I get restless. I want to be back at school. I can’t wait to meet my new students. Will they be keen and excited to be back at school? Can I inspire them to love Maths like I do?
To fill in the time over the holidays, I spend more time doing online PD than any other time of the year! Part of this time is using Google Reader to catch up on my favourite blogs.
What about an “old” Maths teacher in his 35th year of teaching? Adopting Paul’s script, it might be something like this:
(leaning over desk, both palms on table, dead serious, start with neutral voice that allows you plenty of space to get loud, soft, serious, pause, speed up)
I have a confession…
I am so scared.
have been teaching
for 35 years….
and I have loved every day!
But soon, my teaching days
will be over.
But not only am I scared…
I am ridiculously excited.
Because some students
in this class,
will learn to love Maths
like I do.
Someday when they have left school,
they will think
that’s where my love of Maths
I hope this year will be just as awesome for you
as it will be for me.
Now the first thing I learned in teacher school was to do attendance and learn names so I that make sure that if your name is Alice I don’t call you Bob…of course if your name is Alice and I call you Bob you probably have bigger problems than just me not remembering your name.
Who’s Benjamin Sumpter?
Ben what’s one thing I should know about you?
The key to this approach is making a connection with the students, as well as keeping it interesting. Then perhaps they will engage more in their learning and perhaps even draw pictures like: