I want to say that the summer of 2011 is the summer of learning for me. First, as many as you know, I do have a job for the fall. However, it is not in Mathematics, but rather in Science. So as I am going through the summer, I am learning new standards as well as information that I will need for to know for the coming fall.
That is not all the learning that I’m doing this year. I’m 30 years old and I am taking on a new love. Bike riding. I am learning a lot of information about riding, and I’m not sure when I will stop learning. What to wear. What to carry with you. How to ride differently on different roads. There is so much to learn.
At times, I can feel overwhelmed but what I need to know to ride. It isn’t that easy. I could just give up! However, this past Thursday when I had friends pushing me as I rode, telling me that I could continue to the gravel and not take the road, I was inspired. I was excited, and I pushed hard. Yes, I was the last one to finish. Yes, it was around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, it was my longest ride ever. Yes, it was 75% gravel. But I did it! I was excited and had many share in the joy that I had succeeded.
This is how we as teachers need to be. I am a teacher of Mathematics, soon to be a teacher of Science. However, these wonderful friends that I have been riding bicycle with have other jobs other than teaching. Yet, they are teachers. They are teaching me how to be a successful rider. They are teaching me habits of what I need to do.
Is it easy for me to be honest and say that I know very little about a subject? Yes, it is. Well. . . .it’s the same for students.
We as teachers need to remember that students may struggle, but won’t admit that they don’t know something. They may feel they they will look dumb in your, or worse, their friends eyes. Students don’t always speak up when they are struggling. Also, we need to celebrate with students when they do well. When they are successful, we need to share that joy with them.
Learning never stops. . . . .until the student wants to give up. Not talking with students, not going to them to help, not celebrating with students will be helping them want to give up. Remember this as you are learning and teaching.
We as adults have the strive to learn, where students need to have confidence built up in them to be this way. Please help students as they learn and show them how exciting life can be when we learn!