Academics / Faculty

Guest Post: New Year’s Resolutions

The following is a guest post from Aileen Palmer, Director of Professional Development and Educational Research at Grandview Preparatory School.  See her original post and follow her blog, Teach With Pride, by clicking here.
January 17th is the most common date to give up on your resolutions, it is the official Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.  In an attempt to not join the 88%* of people who will break their New Year’s Resolution today, here I go, on my Blogging Adventure.
*I heard that number once.  As a math teacher I should be accurate with my stats, but I’m going to go with it for the sake of keeping my New Years Resolution!  🙂
The title of my blog, Teach With Pride ~  The more I learn, the more I teach; the more I teach, the more I learn, are words that I live by.  It is the foundation of my teaching philosophy.  I have always been interested in how people learn.  How they process information and then more importantly how they use the information they have learned.  Whether I am working with my students in an Algebra class or I am presenting to my colleagues, I feel a constant drive to learn more.  Why did he not understand this?   Why did she understand that?  Why did she do it that way?  Why did he not do it that way?  The questions go on and on.  I am constantly reassessing my approach to teaching and learning.  It is one of the many things that keeps me going and keeps me excited about teaching.
I have often been asked the question, “How do you do it?” (It, meaning teach).  My answer is usually something like . . . I love it; it is something different everyday.  I never know what my day will bring.  I interact with over 250 people a day, ranging in age from 3 to over 60- each with a story of their own.  They bring into the classroom different emotions, thoughts, ways of thinking, issues, and feelings.  My co-workers also bring with them different emotions, thoughts, issues, and strategies.  The dynamic that is created each day in a school is priceless. As a teacher, I help create an environment that allows individuals to be themselves, free to explore, free to learn, free to make errors, free to enjoy the process of teaching and learning… all while teaching and learning limits, boundaries, responsibilities, consequences (good & bad), and last but not least, math!  My answer always ends with, “How can I not do it?”
More about “it” to come… Only 348 more days and I will be part of the 12% who keep their New Year’s Resolution!
Wish me luck and follow my blog. You will learn more about what I do and my ideas about teaching and learning (some crazier than others)!

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