My first post / my first “mission”

Welcome to Rm. 35!

I am a high school math teacher in Mississippi.  My day is very busy:  I teach regular Algebra II, Accelerated Algebra II, Trig/Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus.  I’m the only “upper-level” math teacher at my school.

I have ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher.  My mother says I came home from the first day of pre-school (which only lasted half a day) and said I wanted to be a teacher.  Of course, it wasn’t until I took Algebra II (from a teacher that taught my parents!) that I decided I wanted to be a math teacher. 

I enjoy teaching at my school.  I love inspiring the students!  Parents want their kids in my class and I’ve even had students request to be in my class.  They know that I will prepare them for college.  When students are asked if I’m “mean”, they say I’m not but I’m strict.

Why did I name my blog “Smiling in Rm. 35”?  The kids HATE when I smile!  When I smile, they know I’m up to something!  And that something is usually fun for me, but “not” for them!  They know they will be working!  For instance, we may do a review activity like a relay race or scavenger hunt.  Little stress for me, lots of work for them!

I probably use more technology (for ideas, etc.) and more activities than most other teachers at my school.  I’m willing to look online for new ideas when it seems others don’t.  Sometimes, we “play” review games, but they don’t realize how much work they are doing at the time!

I have found lots of ideas by just looking online.  I’ve subscribed to several math blogs and love reading what other people are doing.  Sometimes, I do feel like there are so many other better math teachers out there than I am, but maybe I’ll get better as I explore the MathTwitterBlogoSphere!  I just wish there were more hours in the day to do all that I want!