There, I put words on this empty space. That was actually quite challenging! Okay, so I decided to start a blog about my experience as a pre-service teacher to help me reflect and get as much feedback as possible from the (most likely 1.5) people who will read this. So why a blog to add to my already extensive 15 hour days? Well, I have become completely addicted to the math blog/twitter world. I wish they would have dedicated a whole course in college on where to find the REAL information and resources that can help you with teaching. But either way I feel like these teachers are offering their actual experience and lessons which provide me with a wealth of knowledge I never seemed to get in the classroom.
This summer I accepted a teaching position at the university I attend as a College Algebra Instructor for an alternate admissions program for incoming freshman. I’ll tell you what – I was completely lost until I fell upon Kate Nowak and Sam Shah’s blogs! After devouring a ton of posts on Kate’s page – I found her on twitter, which led me to me to Sam.. and then a bunch of other amazing resources and I eventually caved and joined twitter ( @mathemagical1!). Now I feel like the creepy stalker that just watches the math party from the corner. Oh well, I don’t even care – the knowledge, experience, lessons, and excitement these teachers have is priceless and worth seeming like a total creeper for.
So that being said, I am not going to pretend like I can be as cool as Sophie G or any of my other imaginary web friends – what I really want is an opportunity to reflect and maybe laugh at my experiences in the classroom. I know I am going to get way more experience than I bargained for since my co-op is retiring. He has a completely different presence in the classroom than I do (i.e. no rules, no management, its complete goddamn chaos) but I know I am going to learn so much regardless of having the best or the worst co-op around.
So please excuse my terrible writing skills – I have a shit vocabulary and I overuse the comma – and let’s start student teaching!!