I've spent the last few hours staring at an unfinished test I have to write about the Mayas, Aztecs and Incas. I'm so over chinampas, quipus and human sacrifices. I'm sure I'd get more work done if I hadn't just downloaded all three seasons of Community. Who can possibly get work done when Joel McHale is only a click away?
Anyway, a while back I posted about the side effects of teaching. After the week I just had, I think it's necessary to write about the positive aspects of teaching (other than shaping the minds of children and all that crap). Basically I just need to remember why my kids are so awesome. So here it goes.
1. Never being fond of math, it has somehow become one of my favorite subjects to teach. It is rewarding to see children finally grasping the concept of fractions and long division (two of my favorites). It's even better when my kids ask for challenging problems. I'd reckon that many adults would find it difficult to divide a fourteen digit number without a calculator. My kids kick ass at long division.
3.One of my students asked to play a game on my iPod. I was feeling nice, so I let him. His game of choice? Temple Run. As he was playing, a group of kids formed around him. They started comparing their high scores (all under a million points). They awarded me the coolest teacher ever award when they found out my high score was 19 million. This was a few weeks ago. They are still talking about it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's so easy to impress kids.
4. For whatever reason I have accumulated a ton of nonsense information in my brain, mostly dealing with pop culture. Well now I can add to it. On Friday my kids were presenting their one-minute speeches. I'm sure I don't need to explain it, but I will. Basically, they need to talk about something for one minute. Okay, I guess it was pretty self-explanatory. Anyway, I gave them some topics to choose from like their favorite food, animal, country or musician. Apparently pasta and dogs are super popular. One student decided to talk about her favorite singer. Justin Beiber. She mentioned several facts about his life including his blood type. I don't even know how she found this out. But I do know that I will be very happy the day I forget that Justin Beiber's blood type is A positive.
Okay that's enough. This test isn't going to finish itself. The moral of the story is that even though they sometimes drive me crazy, my kids are pretty awesome. Plus if you're a knowledge junkie, being a teacher means you get to learn tons of cool things (and some not so cool things like other people's blood types). And in case you're still wondering what quipus are, I'm not going to tell you. I'm not your teacher. Go look it up on Wikipedia. While you're there, look up chinampas. They're pretty cool, too.