Numerical Knitting

September 21, 2006

Do I really have anything to say?

Filed under: General,Teaching — by bethc @ 7:58 pm

I’m composing this in the hour I have in my classroom waiting for the parents on back-to-school night. The thought that always goes through my mind on this night is what to say. I feel like on most days I am a pretty good teacher, and I have made much of my career talking not only to children but also to adults.

But on this night, I wonder… do I have anything to say?

OK, that’s not fair, I have plenty to say. But will I be able to make them understand? Help them realize that I do what I do because I believe in their children, believe in the responsibility they have given me by sending their children to me. I want them to understand that the math class their children experience will not be the math class they experienced and that is intentional. The math class they experienced left so many distressed, confused, bewildered. I believe their children can learn, and understand, and dare we say it, enjoy mathematics. Can I do it?
Wish me luck! Here they come!


  1. Can I send my kids to you for math?

    I know that “back to school” night feeling. A teaching philosophy is such a complicated thing; I don’t know if I could explain it in an hour to another teacher, let alone to an audience of non-teachers who don’t necessarily know the lingo and who may have had negative experiences with their own schooling. But it is well worth thinking about and discussing! Hope your evening went well!

    Comment by MamaSutra — September 22, 2006 @ 12:03 am |Reply

  2. As MamaSutra said, a teaching philosophy is a complicated thing. During our back to school night in the high school, we had a total of 7 minutes per group to share our classroom with the parents. That is tough! Keep the faith, and keep math fun!

    Comment by dobarah — October 1, 2006 @ 11:55 pm |Reply

  3. Good for you! I admire teachers beyond anything. And a belated happy birthday to your beautiful Bunny.

    Comment by Cindy G — October 7, 2006 @ 6:35 pm |Reply

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