Teaching is one of the most important jobs one can do. I also believe that it is very undervalued by society as a whole. [Full disclosure here ~ I taught primary aged children for 30 years!]
So I was delighted to stumble across this website that honours teachers, with a project “50 Great Teachers”. The aim of the project is to find out what makes a great teacher great. There are lots of wonderful, inspiring stories on the site, however I am going to share one of my favourites. I might have chosen it because teaching maths was my very favourite thing to do. I loved how much you could teach with a pack of cards and some dice.
Sarah Hagan teaches Maths at Drumright High School in Drumright, Oklahoma. In the words of the article it is “a faded oil town” of less than 3,000 people. Oklahoma pays its teachers a lot less than next door Arkansas. And yet Sarah is committed to her school and students and loves teaching there. It seems like her teaching is innovative, interesting and engaging ~ just what you want in any teacher, but especially one who teaches Maths to high school kids.
The kids create their own Maths text books, using blank notebooks and a lot of coloured paper, cutting and gluing. The little video in the article shows quite complex algebra explained with pieces of coloured paper. They do Maths speed dating, and play games to help learn complex concepts.
To find out more about Sarah jump to here.
To read about more inspiring teachers, jump to here
Perhaps you would like to tell me about a teacher that inspired you or your child.