Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WHW: Math

I'm a math teacher, and I'm proud of it!  As I watch Haywee grade papers and read novels, I'm thankful that math is a pretty straight-forward field.  It's very black or white - answers are either right or wrong.  Sure, students can be partially right in their steps, but the answer boils down pretty simply.  Kids these days don't hear it enough, or that's what everyone has you think.  Children are coddled, losers are given participation trophies, etc.  I hope to lower the stigma of being wrong in my class - it just means we need to try again and work harder - as well as praise when people when they do come to the right answer on their own.  Math as a subject doesn't change much, although best practices in how to teach it do.  I'll be the first to admit I'm not perfect and there's always room for improvement in my content knowledge and teaching strategies, but I do love what I do!  I have to give a shout-out to MeganDubYuh, who is also a milspouse math teacher.  Woot! 




Teachers (myself aside) are some of the biggest boozers out there.


Extra credit if you know what movie this is from.

11 comments:

McDancer said...

I love the Chuck Norris one :) {and of course, gotta love Mean Girls}
These are great!

Erin said...

Mean Girls is such a great movie!

AngieDMac said...

Omg! I love this post! My best friend is a math teacher and I'm totally sending her your post if you don't mind. She would thoroughly enjoy this! :D

Megan Dub-Yuh said...

Hey! Thanks for the shoutout!

I like to tell my students that you learn more from a wrong answer than you do from the correct one.

And I love that I can grade papers by adding points up. You either got the answer right or you didn't. I would hate to be an English teacher. Even when I do have the write papers I have a very detailed rubric so I can have points to add up at the end.

Lou said...

oh mean girls...love it

Erin said...

@Angie - Thanks!

@Megan - So very true, as that's when I reinforce how to check your answer to see if it works or if it's logical. I completely agree with you on the English teacher bit. While there's more opportunities for fun projects and arts and crafts, it's a lot more difficult to grade that work.

@Lou - Such a great movie!

Hugs & Loves, Ariel said...

ba ha ha the chuck Norris one is great!! nice WHW

Erin said...

@Ariel - Thanks! I had to throw it in because our SpEd office has a Chuck Norris poster on the office door.

Stacey said...

Yay, math jokes! I'm not even a math person and I love these.

Steph said...

I'm a math person too. Sadly I get them all. Thanks for sharing!

Kimberly said...

Hahaha I love these. Math was my weakest subject in elementary school and high school but I applied myself somehow last month and got an A+ in College Math. Yay! Math :-)