When asked if I want to be a teacher or a researcher, I positively came back with ‘I want to be both’. YES, I wanted to be mathematician who can also teach. And I got the job.
But the first semester of academic year 2012-2013 has got me thinking, do I really want what I am doing?
At the moment, I still don’t know the answer to such an unexpected follow-up. I’m already 21 and I still don’t have a picture of who I am really gonna be.
All I know is that since I started teaching, I am 21 things richer now.
- The first day of school is the biggest day. Break the barrier.
- Ice-breakers are my good conversation starters.
- Some students did not really learn maths in high school, they learned to memorize.
- The least I could do is to make a student not a math-hater.
- There are motivations in defining a thing. Make them think why things are the way they are.
- Teach them how to play by teaching them the basics first. Encourage self-discovery.
- Mortal sins in maths will always be committed, correct them anyway.
- Some students do nod even if they don’t understand a thing.
- That attendance is not important is a case-to-case basis.
- Never underestimate determination.
- That sleeping in class is okay is a case-to-case basis.
- Give good rewards and incentives. After all, grades don’t matter.
- There will always be classes that you will love and classes that you will each time hate, but always wear a smile.
- Encourage them to consult, they won’t do it anyway.
- There are students who are better than the teacher. Most of them think they are, rarely some of them are really are.
- Failing your students is emotionally challenging but harder is to pass them with you knowing that they learned nothing.
- Studying while teaching makes you understand your students better.
- There is such a thing as mathematical maturity.
- What is easy for you can be the hardest thing for students
- The teacher is not always the teacher. He also learns from his students and from his discussions.
- It is difficult to end a semester.
It’s not really bad after all. I learned new things, I made new friends, and hopefully I touched new lives. But then again, do I belong to the academe? 😦