For a long time I worried I had chosen the wrong career. Other careers seemed like they had so much in their favor – better pay, less homework, more flexibility on the timing of bathroom breaks, etc. If you followed this blog ten years ago, you witnessed that worry.
Then a conversation with some of my close friends convinced me why I – and we – never have to envy any other career:
We have the best questions.
At least for me, no other job has more interesting questions than the job of helping students learn and love to learn mathematics.
A career in teaching means freedom from boredom.
To illustrate that, I interviewed three teachers at different stages in their careers – a teacher in her first decade, her second decade, and her third decade of teaching. I asked them, “What questions are you wondering right now?” Then we each took ten minutes to share our four questions.
But our talks weren’t disconnected. An important thread connected each of them, and I elaborated on that connection at the end of the talk.
- Shira Helft’s question.
- Juana de Anda’s question.
- Fawn Nguyen’s question.
- My question.
Please pitch in. Tell us all in the comments:
What question motivates you this year? What question wakes you up in the morning and energizes you throughout your day?
The question that drives me is “How can I present this in a fashion that will be so interesting that they will not only want to learn it, but they will remember it next week, next month, and next year?”
Whether with my family (most important), the teachers I support, or students I work with:
How am I being present?