Ok, it is pretty unoriginal – but I really wanted to start blogging and did not have any creative energy left with all of the planning I have been doing for next year! I figure it will come to me one day and I can change it then.
Why it will do for now… When I teach math, I do not feel like I am teaching as much as I am translating. I take massive, confusing bunches of math-formation and develop ways to organize it for my students. I break it down into steps. I make it sound like English. I have been very successful with my brighter students. But then, what does that really mean? Aren’t we all successful with them? What I would like to do going forward is to be more successful with my less successful students. I really do want to speak math to them. But, most importantly, I want them to not only understand what I am saying, but be able to speak it as well! I am shooting for fluency this time around.