Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Conquering Math

This summer I had to take a College Algebra course because it was an undergraduate deficiency I required before I could earn my Masters degree. After spending the past three years in Masters level Education courses with people my age and older, it was somewhat of a shock to the system to take a math class (my first in 12 years) with a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds. (Really, how many times can you have conversations with your fellow students that start with the dumbfounded question "You're a teacher, like a real teacher?")

Today I found out that I earned an A in the class. I'm teaching math almost exclusively this school year and have spent many hours in recent weeks creating elaborate lesson plans. This, though, is the big boost of confidence that I needed. I wish I felt more like a master of mathematics, but at least I feel one step closer.

The very best part, however, is that the professor I had for the course was one of the best teachers I have ever had. I learned just as much about teaching math as I did about math itself. And in less than a week, I'll be put to a whole new test. Hopefully it will be my students earning the As this time.

1 comment:

J said...

congratulations on your A! that is fantastic, especially with the time delay and dealing with annoying teenagers. :) sounds like a great way to prepare for a good year!