I am a 16 year veteran of teaching high school math. I teach in a private Christian high school with supportive families, generally good kids who care about school, and high expectations for academic rigor. Like many teachers, I started out teaching pre-algebra and first year algebra, was “promoted” to second year algebra, and am now teaching Precalculus and AP Statistics. (Somewhere along the line, I skipped geometry entirely, and I have found that to be a detriment to my math background at times.) I have started this blog because I want to be part of the MathTwitterBlogoSphere (MTBoS) with all of its resources and teacherly camaraderie.
I consider myself “an experienced amateur” because I am an experienced teacher with strong content knowledge and classroom management skills and, I think, excellent rapport with my students. I have developed much of my own curriculum over the years and my students are challenged and learn a lot in my class, but, BUT, I am always looking for better ways to motivate my students and communicate the beauty of mathematics. I recognize that I am holding myself to an unattainable standard of perfection, but I can’t seem to help it. I want to be an amazing math teacher, not just a good one, and I am not there yet.
Maybe this blog will help. Help me to improve. Help me to realize that I am not the only crazy perfectionist out there. Help to realize that it is OK to strive and fall short of perfection and remain joyful and optimistic while doing so.