I love teaching Math, but it happened by accident! I've always had an interest in wanting to perform better in math (I was a B/C student), but I noticed my interest changed year to year depending on the teacher. A great math teacher makes all the difference! But, I didn't find a math class I really enjoyed until college, so I went years through school being intimidated by math. My last year of college, I came across a job grading STAAR exams at an office building. I didn't think I would get the job (and I wasn't that serious about it) because you had to take a math test and ELAR was always my strongest subject in school, but I went for it anyway because the pay was too good to pass up! I got a call 2 days later that I got the job grading math exams and from that point I fell in love with math! I was so intrigued seeing all the student's thinking---same problem with so many different approaches that all led to the same answer. The most entertaining exams were those students who wrote about real world scenarios (shopping with mom, etc.) that supported their answers. Math brings about those "I never thought about it like that" moments that I really enjoy.
How Can I Use This in Real Life? The best thing about teaching math is that it can all be applied to real world scenarios. My students love when I take problems and act them out in front of the class lol. It makes learning fun for the students, but it really helps them retain the information.
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When I first got into teaching I thought I wanted to teach ELAR, but I missed the passing score on the test by 2 points...and now looking back on it I'm so glad that happened! I took the test again, but this time for all subjects (math/science/elar) and passed the test with flying colors! I was so devastated the first time, but now teaching math I realize that the saying is so true!-everything happens for a reason!
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