Musings from the mind of a high school math teacher
I was unable to show up to school today because I was curled up, coughing, feeling like I inhaled glass. I woke up to a text message from a student saying that they didn't understand the lesson and when I apologized and said I was sick, the response I got was, "You do enough for us..hope you feel better." That touched my heart. Surrounding myself with those who have the same dreams, the same hopes for the future of our students gives me hope. One student at a time, we will enroll them into the army of their own greatness. Slowly they will come to see the power within themselves, the hope they bring...a text message that warmed my heart and reminded me why I do what I do...
Note: This might be more of my opinion than you like...I am sorry if you don't agree. I am comfortable agreeing to disagree...Just my thoughts today! Today I had another migraine...I am over it. Two awful headaches in two weeks requiring medication...Ugh! Sometimes I want to tell my body...stop, JUST STOP!!! Stop hurting, stop! I have had enough... There are so many times this year I want to say: Just Stop ! To my students : Just Stop! I know that you think that you know what it's going to be like in high school, but you don't. I really have knowledge here and I want to help you... Trust me! To the Parents: Just Stop! Stop blaming others and help us help your student. Know that your vote matters. We want to support your student...we love them too, but we can't without money and volunteer time. Come to events, let us help you, help them... To my district: Just Stop! I know that the OAKS test is important (our state assessment), but we need to focus
Throughout our lives, we have lessons to learn. Some of these lessons are painful...others fleetingly come through our lives, swiftly going by. One of the most important part about lessons is being willing to learn them... If we are unwilling to learn then we will be unable to move forward. Whether or not we are willing to learn is determined by our perspective. Our mental view determines the next step. Perspective...how we view the world and others around us. How we interpret information and process it. The cartoon on the right really illustrates where I am right now in my personal life. I recognize that perspective is a driving force and I must work to maintain my perspective. Recognizing that others may not see things the same as I do is expected, but the variance in perspective is what I am struggling with. I am not sure what lessons I am to be learning right now...the parts of my life that have kept me grounded have left me floating aimlessly. My heart is pounding
Welcome back to The Other Side of the Equation. This is where deep thinking and conversation happen about the transformation of education, taking care of our well-being, and creating a world where everything matters. I have been missing from the blog world for months. The Pandemic came in March of 2020 and I, like many others, moved into survival mode. We all hunkered in for what we thought would be a few weeks. Our naivete about the situation now seems so clear. Looking back it's hard to believe I, a scientist at heart, ever really believed that we would return "back to normal" in just a few weeks. (facepalm) The Pandemic destroyed the creative juice that flowed from my mind. Consumed with worry and concern, isolating from others, made getting by each day the priority. Now that over eighteen months have gone by, and we're still here, I realize that if I don't build some normalcy in my life, I will continue in this suspended state. Lots has happened over the last