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10 Things Only Math Teachers Would Understand

10 Things Only Math Teachers Would Understand

It’s great being a mathematics teacher, especially now that there is a high demand for good math teachers. With the fact that mathematics is an imperative subject for children as they grow up, the job presents challenges that reap high levels of job satisfaction. Yet there are some things only math teachers can understand about the job.

1. You have to be the most prepared person in the class

Even when you think you are prepared enough to impress every student, you may still come short of answering the questions from the Mathematics textbook. It is not as if you aren’t passionate or familiar with the subject of mathematics, it is just that there comes a time in every teacher’s life when a child asks a question that he or she doesn’t have the answer to.

2. You are called in for last minute meetings

After a hectic day of teaching ridiculously hard math equations and disciplining unruly children, you still are called in for faculty meetings by the principal at the last minute on a Friday afternoon. It’s not like you’d love to spend another hour in the school building, but you really do not have a choice.

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3. You have to be serious all of the time

C’mon, mathematics is a serious subject. You have to play the part and make them know how serious it is or people will just take such an imperative subject for granted. Although you would love to burst into laughter at something absurd the child said or did, you simply can’t. You have to be the voice of reason and authority.

4. You wish you could avoid the flu

As a mathematics teacher you want every student to be pumped up for your class. But what do you do when every child in the class has the flu and you have to protect yourself from getting sick? You really wish you could just teach them mathematics via Skype or something, from the comfort of your home.

5. You have to keep the students motivated

Students love to feel connected with the subjects and their teachers. You may not just be cut out for the part, but if you want the best from your students you have to keep them motivated. Sometimes this could mean making a fool of yourself or acting stupid to get your message across.

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6. You spend the weekend grading papers

While you would love to go out for the weekend, take someone out for dinner and enjoy your weekend with a well deserved rest, you discover your weekend needs you to grade math tests. It is more complicated than it seems because your weekend just got blown up and you won’t be seeing a new movie or visiting the trendy new restaurant.

7. You have to be a mathematics teacher all the time

Have you heard, “You are the Mathematics teacher right?” That expression comes with the idea that you have to be the one taking extra work on numbers and statistics. Even when you are not in the mood for it, you will always be the guy in charge of the numbers for the school.

8. You are supposed to be the magician fixing every lazy student

Because you are the math teacher should mean that every student in your class has to get an A in mathematics. If any student is coming up short more is required from you. So you are in front of 30 students explaining how to multiply fractions over and over again.

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9. People think your job is easy

Since you have been teaching for a while and you are passionate at making others understand mathematics then your job should be so easy. But they do not understand that you go through mental and physical exhaustion every now and then.

10. You wish you were better valued

Yes it is not about the money. You do are doing it more for the passion. But you are the mathematics teacher and over the years you have influenced and turned a lot of students into geniuses.

Connecting with your students and watching them succeed is great but every month when you look at your paycheck you wish it reflected the late hours in the classroom, grading and planning, and how much hard work you have put in.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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