What's the difference between apathy and empathy?
I don't know and I don't care...
I realized a few years later that that idea may not be helpful to some students. What I mean by that is that some understand my intent, the reason I chose to do that, but some may be affected by the last part and believe I don't care... because that was the last part.
I decided not to put that on the wall in the classroom anymore.
We have a new teachers in our mathematics department this year, and I shared my extra posters that were in the storage cabinet with one of them, thinking that she may need some for her classroom since she was "new" to our building.
She choose very few from that collection. Maybe that because she didn't feel comfortable with many of them. I'm not offended at all, because those were my extras... and I had decided at some point to no longer display them also. They were simply and resource that I thought might help... no big deal.
I know she wants to do what is best for her students.
My entire collection of posters, some on the walls in my classroom now, and some in the cabinet because I have chosen not to use them, come from many sources...
My mother has been retired for a number of years now, she was also a math teacher. She actually has a wealth of knowledge of many topics that she loves to share.
I'm not exactly sure what is on her transcript... but I believe she is very intelligent. She enjoys working and absolutely loves gardening!
When I started teaching in my school, a math teacher who had decided to also become a librarian, was at the end of her career... She was working in the library at the time, I believe... She also attends my church.
She shared an entire cabinet full of resources with me that she had organized extremely well over the years. I understood how she had organized things. My first classroom was actually her classroom when she taught mathematics at the school. I am very thankful that she shared those resources.
Over the years, I have purchased many of my own posters. At the time of each purchase, it seemed like a good idea to put them on the classroom walls. Over the years though, my ideas have changed about what should be displayed.
I think these are very important decisions... especially because I too am busy and don't plan to change the posters often, or anytime soon.
Unless I change my mind... of course.
I try to display posters that feel right to everyone. My hope is that all students will understand why I chose them by my actions.