Why did I want to become a teacher?
I have been asked this many times over the years. And even though I have been out of the education system being a stay at home and also now a work at home mom, too for the last few years. When I decided to become a middle school math teacher, one thing was certain, I wanted to teach my students math, but by using certain aspects of their lives that they could indeed relate to the math topics at hand, but now drone on about concepts and rules without bringing it to them in a more entertaining and interesting fashion. Quite simply, I strived with many of my lessons to know my audience, pre-teen middle class kids from suburbia. I asked myself time and again one question, when planning my math lessons.
What do these kids enjoy?
Fact remains most of them, will tell you they would rather be anywhere but math class.
So how could I reach these kids and keep them learning the actual skills and topics they needed to learn to stay to stay on track the curriculum set forth by the state and federal governments?
By simply getting to know what interested and even excited them by break down certain mathematics lessons using these topics. It boiled down to using real world applications to teach math to my own middle school students.
How did I do this?
I taught simple budgeting by using the book series, Harry Potter, which many have read or watched the movies. I also used the idea of buying a well sought after item, such as an iPod Touch using percent discounts and calculating sales tax to find the final price that they would pay to buy an iPod for themselves. I used favorite foods, such as Apple Pie and Cherry Pies to teach circumference and and area of a circle. And even made friendship bracelets with my students to illustrate learning factors to my math students, as well. These are just some of the ways, I tried to reach my middle school math students and make the math more realistic to them and their lives.
So, when I was recently asked by Clever Girls Collective and Office Depot to share their newest initiative on how teacher’s indeed can and have changed their students lives, the educator in me was seriously humbled and honored to be able to share this here with all my readers.
Office Depot has created this campaign to showcase some current teachers, who have indeed changed their students live to help them by asking all that can indeed support these teachers by donating and adopting a classroom or even rester your own classroom (if you are a current teacher) by clicking here and following the steps there.
See the heart of the matter is that in order to connect to your own students, teachers have to spend money every year out of their own pocket, especially in underfunded areas. I always loved hearing that we teachers are over paid, however no one takes into account how much money we do put out of our own pocket to create these student centered types of lesson plans. So, Adopt-A-Classroom definitely takes this into account and is a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors with teachers to enhance the learning environment for students by raising awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students.
Take for instance, Chris Emdin, who is a science educator in the Bronx. He incorporates hip hop into the classroom material to help students see science in a different way. Chris gives his students new possibilities for life, and something to look forward to.
You can donate to Chris, who is highlighted in the video (I honestly love how he used hip hop to get his students to indeed learn certain science concepts that were indeed on task and topic for his students to need to learn), or even to a teacher in your local community. I truly hope you will take the time to help out and do your part on this and again very proud to be able to showcase this program here today for all my readers. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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