Some moments that remind me of God’s faithfulness in answering prayer and to be patient and understanding:
1) Student 1: MR. Two of my math classes, notorious amongst all teachers for doing nothing. Is actually ~17 yrs old but acts like a big 5 yr old. Has a huge tendency to ditch class, be disruptive, and still do nothing.
eg, walks into class late, but must stop by each student to say “what’s up” and then randomly starts doing push-ups without anybody asking him or talking about pushups. (whyyyyyy? -___- ) randomly shouts out “I HATE MATH. I’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD IT SINCE 1ST GRADE!!!”
These past few days, I’ve been calling on him more in Algebra…he talks a lot but it could be used as a strength in the classroom. I keep asking him to first answer basic math questions and eventually more and more difficult questions (we are learning how to solve quadratic equations by completing the square) … finally he first starts to verbally participate (still writes nothing down on paper) …. at the end of the period yesterday, I pulled him aside and said, “M, please keep it up! You’re doing great. just get it down. You’re my perfect square :) I’m proud of you!” MR: “OK Ms Tiff”
TODAY —> miracle —> comes to class actually has a pen (never brings anything to school) completely engages and answers all my questions and asks questions and offers to help those around him … so motivated to complete the assignment that he asked to take the work home even though I said we would finish tomorrow. I almost cried. Indeed, my perfect square!
2) Student 2: TV. (USC Fan, likes to rub it in my face, but loves that I student taught in Boyle Heights. loves boyle heights.) in two of my math classes, I’ve had him last year, likes to talk a lot…barely does work…
Recently I’ve noticed in both classes, his immense improvement in both my my classes…engages in the discussion, determined to understand the concepts, asks questions, and offers to tutor other students who are struggling. I make it a point to affirm him and encourage him to continue to stay focused and to be productive (can get sidetracked talking about basketball) he seriously mastered how to solve by taking the square root…I call him my square root master. he likes it.
Today: “Ms. Tiffany, math is my favorite subject now because of you!”
Me: “…aww T…No…it’s because of YOU. You did it. Proud of you!”
but on the inside…again, almost cried.
Documenting this to remember the good moments in teaching.
I really almost gave up on both these students.
Thank you, God, for answering my prayers…
I just tasted a little bit of how God must feel when we learn new things through His Word..when we are excited, when we surrender completely to Him, when we share His gospel, when we pray for others, etc.
OK back to lesson planning :)