Hear from Eniola Ajayi about developing student mindsets about math—it's an art form!
I chose to work in Liberty because of the people I get to work with. From my experience of teaching elementary to high school, I have encountered numerous colleagues who are truly invested in educating young minds. I have seen first-hand the passion that everyone has for the students, so we chose to move our family to Liberty to be part of the community that I work in. I wanted my own children to experience the quality educators and support staff that Liberty employs. I feel truly blessed to work with some great educators in Liberty.
My students are my reason for teaching. They get me excited to go to work each and every day. They keep me on my toes with their day-to-day antics, and they fuel my passion to learn innovative ways to teach. As a mathematics teacher, I want my students to see math as an art form. This is a challenge, because more often than not, students come in with a mindset that math class is a class to endure, not enjoy. As a math teacher I want to change this mindset and find ways to make math accessible and appreciated by all students whether they want to pursue a career in mathematics or not. I want students to realize that math is not just formulas to memorize or algorithms that they need to know, but something that they use daily without even thinking about it. I want them to see points and lines that a ballerina forms when they dance, or see the parabola that is created when a football is thrown for a touchdown. I teach because I want students to know that math is so much more than just getting the right answer, math is about asking questions, getting messy, failing and getting up again, math is an art form to be appreciated.
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