Three day weekends are nice… the fact that they are followed by 4 day weeks is pretty great too! 🙂

After a refreshing weekend which included a visit to a new coffee shop in town, I managed to get a pretty nasty cold. But, not enough to keep me home- just enough to make me sneeze and cough on my students a lot and push my bedtime up a couple hours because I was so tired!!

Thought I’d just share some random happenings from the week:

- Two
**senior** (as in 17 or 18 year old) guys happily helped me grade some quizzes in exchange for some glittery Disney princess stickers. One was planning to give them to his girlfriend…

- In one of my classes, several students who I had 1st semester only (they were making up a credit) have stopped by to visit this week since it’s the first week of the 2nd semester. Guess they’re just going through withdrawal! haha!

- In that same class, some of the girls wanted to know how I folded my scarf a particular way. I showed them a couple weeks ago but someone wanted to see again, so I jumped at the opportunity to demonstrate. Since it’s a Geometry class, I explained how “you find the midpoint and fold it in half so you have two congruent segments. Then… etc. etc.” After my animated explanation, I quickly racked my brain- ‘how can I transition to diagonals of a parallelogram??’ Then I had it… “So, just like the midpoint divides the scarf into 2 congruent segments, the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other- forming two congruent segments.” Good times…

- I’ll finish with one more: I have a student, I’ll call him Eric, in one of my classes and he somehow got this idea that he wants to have me as his math teacher again next year. Well, there’s been a lot of talk with scheduling for next year already and he was asking me what math class he could take so that he could have me again. He wanted to know if he’d be able to take the senior math class I currently teach. Time will tell what I end of teaching (there will be lots of changes in the department next year), but it does make you feel like you’re doing something right when a student is trying to have you 2 years in a row.

More stories for another day… 🙂

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If I had had a math teacher like you perhaps I would’ve understood algebra. As it was I got stuck with that crappy “modern math” — that hodgepodge of everything math should not be. It was years before I could even understand how to balance my checkbook. Wish more teachers were like you. Onward…