My name is Erin, and I teach middle school math.
Sounds like something someone would say at an addiction help meeting, but in my opinion teaching is like an addiction. It consumes me. For 180 days of the year (and often more), I live, breathe, and sleep teaching. I’m constantly thinking about ways to connect with my students, and how to partner with their parents. I’m always looking for ways to make math more fun. I like to dress up in costume and use wacky stories to engage. (See photo of Math Girl below).
A lot of people say I’m crazy for wanting to teach middle school, but I love these kids. My dad often said middle schoolers’ hormones are having a party and they forgot to invite their brain. It’s true, but it’s also what makes my job fun. It’s so unpredictable. Some days they frustrate me to no end, and other days I cannot imagine what I else I would possibly do.
I currently teach 8th grade Algebra and PreAlgebra. Each class is its own monster, and they are all fun in different ways. This blog is just a soundboard for other educators to find ideas or even share some of their own. Often teachers will complain about the amount of work they have to do. I hope this site will help some teachers out with that burden.
I’m also a graduate student at the University of Connecticut working on a masters degree in Ed. Tech. I’m going to be sharing some of the ways I incorporate tech in my classroom as well as my thoughts on some of the things I’m studying.