22 January 2009

Update

It's been awhile since I've updated this site. I know. In fact, my computer tells me it's been over two months (not counting the post a few minutes ago), so here's a little update on what I've been spending my time doing, instead of blogging:

-Teaching
-Winter vacation ~500 miles away from my current residence
-Teaching
-Credential classes
-Teaching
-Projects and homework for said credential classes
-Grading tests
-Teaching
-Sleeping

Those are my excuses. In all seriousness, I absolutely love teaching. It is the most stressful, frustrating, and anxious experience of my life thus far (holy crap, I'm responsible for the education of 70 teenagers in a graduation/college required class!), and I wouldn't trade it for anything. There's something about the "Aha!" moments, the tsubuyaki as they're called in Japanese* that makes all the crap worthwhile. Add to that the fact that I get to teach Geometry, which to me is easily the most fun part of high school math, and in a wonderful school environment, and I'm really enjoying the experience.

*See, I have been doing my homework!

I'm hoping to have a little more time in the coming months, to try and get at least one or two posts in each week. We'll see. Anyway, after a layoff like that, I wonder if anyone is still reading?

My students are awesome!

Well, some of them are anyway. Early in the year I checked out a math binder to each of them, so that they could keep all of their stuff for my class in one place. I told them they were not allowed to draw on them, as they will be returning them to me at the end of the year, but they could decorate the paper in the clear front pocket however they would like. As I was looking over them the other day, I ran across this:


The name has been covered because while this student has no qualms about making their opinions known, I feel that some level of anonymity is appropriate. Anyway, seeing this from a 10th grader made me smile. Maybe there is hope for our society after all.