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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, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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