With apologies to Johnny Cash... I've been everywhere, man I've been everywhere, man Taught at lots of schools, man Loved the "aha" moments, man Laughs I've had my share, man I've been everywhere I've been to Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 too Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 woo-hoo Year 7 and wait, there is one more Smile at my family when I walk in the door I've been everywhere, man I've been everywhere
The children all sit quietly in neat little rows of two, organised as boy / girl / boy / girl etc. I turn my back to them and write endlessly on the chalk board, filling it completely with lifeless history facts that must be perfectly copied into their books. Meanwhile they swelter in the unair-conditioned red brick building which faces the Friday afternoon sun. Hang on, hang on! No, that's my own experience (nightmare) of year 4 back in 1982. Mr M was a pretty great teacher though. He scared me witless on my first day at my new school when he told us we had parade and we better not embarrass him otherwise... Sorry, I'll save the oversharing for my therapist ;-) My teaching style is a little different to that. I do all the state-mandated mandates and then I throw in some random singing (educational of course), crouch down on my old knees so I'm at eye-level with a struggling student, throw in some magic mental maths and hand out the occasional Rubik's cube for exceptional behaviour or effort. I LOVE STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) and love to twist and weave one into the other, or others even. If I can help inspire any of your students' STEAM power I will be very happy. P.S. I know pi to 30 digits (as at 02/24/18) which is twice as many as NASA uses for interplanetary navigation or calculating the circumference of the earth down to the width of a molecule*. But I still need to do better, getting to 39 or 40 digits so I can calculate the circumference of the universe down to a single hydrogen atom. I'm aiming for 100 digits by pi day '19. * assumes the world is perfectly round, amongst other things...
Two spring to mind. One was a long time ago, in a galaxy where you are probably reading this (if not, hello and welcome to the Milky Way). I was overlooked for dux of my school as punishment for not wearing the mandatory (but really unenforceable) school uniform which was supposed to make students more diligent, attentive and brighter. The only problem was that I was already diligent, attentive and bright, very much as it would turn out, topping 4 of my 6 subjects and easily eclipsing my nearest rival. Instead, they gave it to a boy who was almost at my ego level and a girl who repeated the grade so had seen all the tests before. The second instance was during my training to be a middle school (and everywhere else) teacher. We were doing inspirational speeches and specifically President Reagan's address to the country on the occurrence of the Challenger disaster. A student asked me how the accident had happened and I segued into a scientific discussion about the multitude of decisions and design flaws which led to that tragic loss of life. My supervising teacher wrote a note, which I still believe to be a very high honour, "This guy knows stuff!"
I went to school for quite a while and then ended up at another school called university. I studied arts, law, legal practice and middle school education. My wife threatened to get rid of me if I did any more, so now I inflict my love of learning on captive little minds which always have the unnerving habit of blowing me away with their amazingness!
I'm a Scorpio and I like long walks on the beach... Hang on, wrong website for that, although one of those two facts is true. I like to write, as you can see and I think I'm funny in that Dad joke kind of way. I believe that math fact automaticity is the greatest gift you could ever impart on a junior mathematician. I believe that a sense of wonder ignites the scientist inside us. I believe that Lego, programming and robotics are the gateways to engineering and technology greatness. I believe that you find your voice in an expansive vocabulary. I also believe in that unique individual inside all of us, whose voice is important and deserving of our undivided attention. Maybe most importantly, I like to mismatch my socks.