What's the difference between apathy and empathy?
I don't know and I don't care...
I realized a few years later that posting it may not be helpful to all students. What I mean by that is some students will understand my intent in posting it, my hope that we all desire to learn, but some may be affected only by the last part and think that I don't care... merely because it was the last part
I decided not to put that on the wall in the classroom anymore.
We have 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 that I shared. Maybe she didn't feel comfortable with many of them. Maybe she is more insightful than I was at the time I purchased some 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 a 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 stored in the cabinet, come from three sources...
1) 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!
2) When I started teaching at my school, a math teacher who had decided to become a librarian, was at the end of her math teaching career and was working in the library at the time. She also attends my church.
She shared an entire cabinet full of resources with me that she had organized perfectly over the years - at least it was easy for me to understand how she had organized things. In fact, my first classroom was actually her old math classroom. I am very thankful that she chose to share her work. It saved me so much time and gave me needed guidance during the first few years of my career.
3) 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 up on the classroom walls. Over the years though, my ideas have changed about what should be displayed.
It seems minor to some, but I think these are very important decisions, mainly because I am also a busy person and I 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 students will understand why I chose the posters that are displayed by my actions. I don't always achieve the goal of conveying the fact that I care deeply about students' personal goals and how the math fits into that and can help them achieve them, but I keep trying...