Before I started teaching a year ago, I didn't understand the blogosphere. What made people think that there was an audience out there for their every musing? I swore that I would never be one of "those people" ... and then I started teaching. It took me about five minutes to realize that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and I sought solace in - where else? - the internet! I quickly found an online community of math teachers whose stories made me laugh, whose struggles I could identify with, and whose ideas I started stealing (er, "borrowing") by the handful. I survived my first year with my head (barely) above water, and now I'm a seasoned (ha) second-year teacher. As my profile indicates, I teach math and computer science at a public charter school in San Diego, CA.
I'm blogging now because I have a lot to say and, to be quite honest, my boyfriend is sick of hearing me blather on about teaching. I am now one of those people who knows there's an audience out there for my every musing. :) Seriously, though, I feel that if I can contribute in some small way to this amazing online collaboration that's going on, then it's worth doing.
I'll keep my first post short. I know that many have said not to let a catchy name stand in your way of creating a blog, but I just couldn't do it until I had the right name. And then, a couple of months ago, one of my students inspired me with a comment he made in class. My calculus class was starting limits by figuring out the area of a circle by taking the limit of the areas of inscribed polygons with more and more sides. At the end of our discussion, one students made a comment that was so absolutely perfect that I couldn't believe that in all of my years of studying math it had never occurred to me: "So a circle is really an infinigon?" I got super-excited as I tend to do when my students astonish me, and I told him that I would include that in my book one day ... for now, a blog will have to suffice.