August 21, 2012
Proud of My Birthday!
Week 1 Prompt- Take a photograph of something you're proud of...explain what it means to you.
Psh. Easy peasy. Thanks for this topic Math Blogging Initiation team!
Right now I'm most proud of these drawings that are on my filing cabinet right behind my desk:
I'm in my third week of my second year of teaching. My first year teaching was...well not as bad as I expected if that makes any sense. These drawings actually represent one of the most memorable moments in my first year.
It happened during algebra block (two hours of math for students with low math skills). I had a paraprofessional with me in the classroom; he was the one with a sense of humor. One day in March, he tells his station (algebra block is taught using stations) that it's my birthday. So they secretly drew these birthday cards for me while I was teaching in my station. I really didn't know what was going on. At the end of class, I was given my birthday cards AND the kids sang happy birthday to me.
As you might have guessed, it was not my birthday. My birthday is in December, but I just couldn't tell my students the truth after all their efforts. It took a lot of self-control to hold back laughter.
It means a lot to me now, because I see these kids on campus and they say hi to me or tell me that they miss our class. This just helps me realize that I did make an impact my first year, and I hope to go even further this year.
Oh and my paraprofessional is now an official teacher this school year. You better believe I will get him back if I ever have to cover his class!