Five Factorial

Day 10: 5!

Share five random facts about yourself.

Share four things from your bucket list.

Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.

Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.

Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.

1. I thought a factorial was a make-believe concept for most of my life, even after I learned what it was. I was taking a math test to assess readiness for algebra in middle school. I read the problem as if it said, Posit the idea that 5! means five multiplied by each integer below it. For example, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. This blog prompt was too long for my subtitle, so I applied middle school math! (P.S. — Math teachers, I know the blog prompt does not exactly call for 5!, but 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 instead. I like to think more figuratively.)
2. Although I am an English teacher and I adore reading, I am a slow reader. I prefer to think of myself as a “thorough” reader who likes to digest the words at hand, but we all know I am just a little on the slow side. There are so many young adult works I have yet to read, in addition to all the big classics I never got to in college. Sometimes, I will be convinced to read a modern adult piece.
3. When I was in second grade, my parents worried deeply because I could not measure a line. I was proficient at most things at school, except when it got to math hour in second grade and I had to use a perforated ruler from a workbook to measure a perfectly straight line. And I made it through college!
4. Grades were always ridiculously important to me, and I regret it. I had a 4.0 GPA (4.061 weighted GPA) in high school. I earned one B in my undergraduate education, landing me a 3.915. Thus far in graduate school, I have earned three A-’s and one A. I wish I had risked getting B’s and C’s in high school and had taken more challenging classes in math, science, and foreign language.
5. I had a snarky attitude about a few of my education professors during my undergraduate career, but I value their perspective and knowledge now. In college, my mindset was always that it should not feel like grade school anymore. I should be challenged and pushed to my limits. While my English Department professors had me reading three classics in two weeks, my education professors were a little more lax, fun, and friendly. Then, I was bothered, but now I see why you have to have a little fun.

Four things from my bucket list

1. Take another classic American road trip, making a point to visit more writers’ homes, book stores, libraries, and national parks.
2. Run a half-marathon.
3. Hike a major trail (Pacific Crest, Appalachian, something!).
4. Visit Europe for an extended trip.

Three things I hope for this year

1. Finish more books than I did last year.
2. Successfully develop a career-long after-school club and build relationships around literacy.
3. Reach out to my family and friends more.

Two things that made me laugh or cry as an educator

1. I laugh a little whenever someone farts in class; then, I have learned from a wise educator, it is best to admit fault yourself and move on. Side note: I learned this weekend that fart is not in the official Scrabble Dictionary.
2. I cried when I was student teaching. I had a struggling reader back to re-take a quiz that he failed. We re-took it together so I could give him accommodations and I watched him continue to mark the wrong answers. Frustrated, I did not know what to do. Since it was a quiz re-take, I wanted him to reflect and see if he could get better answers. I said, Please check over your answers to make sure you are correct! He said, There’s no point. I’ll get them all wrong anyway. I checked to see if he was sure and dismissed him from our lunch, crying as I walked back to my mentor teacher. She helped me through it, but I will never forget it.

One thing I wish more people knew about me

1. I am shy, nervous, and care a lot about what other people think. I have a lot of great ideas, but I can be scared to try or share them because of my fear of what others might think. I know I can get better at that this school year with the support of my colleagues.
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