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A not so gentle reminder about why I teach math.

I tell my students all the time, “If I can do it anyone can do it”.  They are often surprised to hear I was not a stellar math student.  I wasn’t terrible, but having a math teacher for a mother – there was no hope.  I didn’t appreciate the how and why, I had no patience, and I just wanted to do the bare minimum the easy, fast way.

The irony…I have become my mother.  I want everyone to understand the how and why, I have the patience of Job (with other people’s children) and although I love teaching the fast, easy way I’m never happy with them doing the minimum.

So why can’t I translate that to a blogging assignment?  I really didn’t think sprucing up my sidebar, adding widgets, or changing a banner would be rocket science.  It’s worse!  Imagine that feeling when computers first came out and they didn’t have auto save…back in the age of dinosaurs…and you spent all night writing a paper that was due the next morning (don’t tell me you never procrastinated…fibber!) and while you were trying to feed the paper with the little holes on the edges into the printer because the kid before you had a melt down and tore it out, you accidentally hit some key…and your screen goes blank…sweat, panic, I might have even peed a little.  Cry, curl up into the fetal position, cry some more and then cuss – A LOT!  Get thrown out of the computer lab [good!  I didn’t want to be there any way!] Cuss some more, cry and then drink!

cry

It’s funny how history repeats.  (Not the haha kind of funny, they holy crap – how can this be happening kind of funny…well, now that I think about it, it’s not funny at all.)

 

powerAndrea gave me power.  Power to make fundamental, visual, web-master kind of power – that’s trust in friendship!  When the entire blog page went blue (I thought I liked that color until it’s blue type on a blue background with blue pictures) I had college flashbacks.  I didn’t cry as much, but I cussed and drank more [ok, I probably didn’t drink more than college, but I drank a lot].  Then I had to admit my faux pas to my blogging buddy and admit to myself  that she’s way better at this stuff than I am.  I was so disappointed in myself that I got behind in my assignments and I just haven’t been as excited as I usually am.

Why can’t I call up my high school technology teacher and tell her how much I miss her and that I’m trying to create this awesome product with my best friend and could she send me notes.  I mean, I do it for my students…all the time…

When can someone do it for me?

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4 comments on “A not so gentle reminder about why I teach math.

  1. pavanneh
    April 30, 2014

    I understand because I have felt the same way. I thought sure I could keep up with Blogging 101 and school and I am so disappointed that I have not been able to and have thought about quitting both the last couple of days. I have decided though that that was not showing a good example and I just need to buck up and do it. You have to enjoy what you are doing. Don’t overwhelm yourself and just keep plugging away. There will be a day that you are so inspired that you get all caught up.

    • Kevil
      April 30, 2014

      Thanks for the pat and push! I won’t give up if you don’t!

  2. Thewitch
    April 30, 2014

    I was a bit daunted with the whole widget thing to start with, but I am now deeply satisfied with what I have learned to do thus far!!

    • Kevil
      April 30, 2014

      I might be coming to you! I know it’s just practice…I can do it (I totally said that like Arnold in my head).

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