Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Rare Moment

For a few moments today I actually had the joy of feeling like a teacher. I was working one-on-one with Mona on an introduction to division lesson. Mona has severe math anxiety and it interfers with her learning. Today my slow careful patience with her paid off. I got to see her eyes brighten when the light bulb came on -- and that's what I went into teaching for. Those light bulbs don't light like they used to. Kids have less and less time to spend on hands on learning. These days everything is pretty much, "repeat after me." If you want to hear what else I have to say on this topic, visit my guest post at Belle of the Brawl. I am Sar's Thursday Guest.


Blogger Jan said...

You are a wonderful and rare sort, a teacher who cares. You go Quilly!!!

11/16/2006 07:24:00 AM  
Blogger Louisiana said...

How lucky of Mona to have you..many, many yrs from now, she will look back and say ahhh, yes, she was the one that made the difference..


*now,if you can kindly come here and explained it to my kids..math i mean and a bit of all the other subjects too..I'll set you up with the best bed (don't ask Cindra about how our house is) and we will have enough hands to pet your kitties and we will keep you warm in the Calgary weather, we like to cuddle..

11/16/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Jan -- thank you for your support here and at the brawl.

Chana -- sounds wonderful. I Like kids and cats and cuddles. I also love teaching math! (I bet my math teachers would faint if they read that.)

11/16/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I am so happy for you and Mona!!!!!

11/16/2006 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I am glad you had a rewarding moment.

11/16/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Neoma said...

I wish Nick had you for a teacher, he got a demerit today for working to slowly. Honest, that is exactly what she said, he was not working fast enough, and she KNOWS he understands, so he got a demerit. Nick is slow by nature. I am so stressed by this.

11/16/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Lori -- I am happy for Mona. She no longer looks as though she might faint when I say, "Math."

Nessa -- thanx -- so am I. I needed the encouragement this week.

Nea -- Nick in fith grade? Send him ...

11/16/2006 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger The amoeba said...

Space alien will attempt to speak English.

You are welcome on my planet anytime. We need you.


11/16/2006 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

OC -- you just cacked me up. I haven't done a lot of smiling in the last couple of days, so thanks.

11/16/2006 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Quilly big thanks, and congrats on your success with Mona and your guest post - I'm so glad you got the light of recognition you earned in both instances.

Congrats are also in order for your making the caption contest finals this week!

11/16/2006 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Sar -- I had a great tiem today. Thanks for letting me guest.

And anyone reading this -- run over Sar's place and vote for me!

11/16/2006 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger Ballerina said...

cMum's a teacher - She complains of the same things. Spends more of her time making charts and tables than actually teaching :D

Nice Post.
btw: Where is your site layout from? I really like it!

11/16/2006 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quilly-Sister, I'm glad you got to have a 'Mona' minute in your hectic, frustrating week. Good job at Sar's!

11/17/2006 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

The fact that you still care after all these years, means something, you know...

in the fell clutch of circumstance
you have not winced nor cried aloud
under the bludgeonings of chance
your head is bloody but unbowed.

You always did strike me as sort of Invictus-y...

11/17/2006 08:21:00 AM  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

you did a great job at the Brawl :-)

11/17/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Bhuvi -- my template is custom made, check my right sidebar, there's a link to Pixie, she's a wiz!

Jackie -- those moments keep me from quitting.

Jenn -- how did you know? When I left my husband and went off to college, I carried that poem in the front of my binder.

Kyah -- thanks. I was suprised I had no opposition. I'm still surprised.

11/17/2006 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Ballerina said...

Oh Yah..Thanks Quilly :D

11/19/2006 09:10:00 PM  

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