Do you have a favorite teacher? If you were homeschooled, you’d better answer, “MOM,” but if you attended school chances are you have a few teachers you can still name-some for their wonderful influence, others for reasons of infamy.
I remember my 1st grade teacher all too well. I can still picture her with her blonde hair sitting behind her big desk. And I clearly remember the day she called me to her desk to talk with me about my math assignments. You see, I was failing subtraction (I still can’t believe it’s possible to fail something in first grade). But, I was answering every. single. subtraction problem incorrectly on every. single. assignment. This was happening every day. She would review subtraction and my answers were still wrong every time. In fact, I was 1 number off on each problem.
She called me to her desk to try to figure out what I was doing wrong. But rather than help me discover my errors, she humiliated me and crushed my self-esteem. I couldn’t explain why I was struggling and she could not figure it out. Finally, she threw up her hands and said, “I just don’t know!” I went back to my desk and cried.
I’ve hated math ever since. I have forever been convinced that I just cannot do math. And now I’m supposed to be teaching math to someone else. Is there anyone less qualified??
When we started our homeschool journey I told my husband that I expected his help in the math department. It’s perfect that he loves math!
I thought I would love teaching art, history, and literature. I do love those subjects. I even halfway like science – now that’s shocking! Spanish is fun too. But guess what? I love teaching math more!
- Through teaching my children math I finally have confidence in my own math abilities. I can even do math in my head now! And so can my kids. Hooray!
- When they are struggling with a math problem, I can empathize with them. I have definitely been there.
- I enjoy cheering them on. I know it’s hard but I also know it’s possible. I survived math and I know they will too.
- It’s extremely gratifying for me to see their eyes light up when they understand a concept. I love when they learn something new.
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