Happy Labor Day! I am FINALLY getting around to starting this stinking blog chronicling the insaneness that is being a Teach For America Corp member. It is, insane.
The insanity began the moment I found out that my assignment for my two year contract would have me teaching 7th grade MATH. MATH?! I tried to tell the principle, “Well, math is not really my strong subject.” (Actually my family makes fun of me saying “I am finally learning math for the first time.)
I was terrified. Everytime I would tell someone what I was teaching I would turn it into a joke, “Yes, I Amanda Jackson, will be teaching math when I have difficulty calculating the 20% tip at dinner.”
Finally, my MTLD (basically my teacher “coach”) came to visit my classroom and offered some tough love advice. She prompted me to realize that my low confidence in math is something my students feel everyday and it A HUGE part of the reason they have struggled in school. By continuing my “I am horrible at math jokes.” I am perpetuating this attitude that “IT IS OKAY TO BE BAD AT MATH AND BE VOCAL ABOUT IT.”
The article below does an exceptional job explaining the place I am at right now with math. Seriously, why is it so socially acceptable for people to have math “just not be there thing” when in today’s world math and science have never been more important. It is interesting to compare that the the societal attitude toward illiteracy which is extremely frowned upon.
Check this video out!
Until next time,