My name is Sahar Khatri and I’m a first year math teacher with fears, anxieties, hopes, and a whole load of excitement. I teach 6th grade math in a new middle school in the Bronx.
I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I could remember–well except for one summer when I wanted to be an interior designer (which I owe to watching HGTV each second I was awake. Thank you DesignStar!). I’ve had remarkable teachers throughout my life and before I even went to college, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Now years of undergrad + grad school + student teaching + tutoring … here I am.
This currently paints a true picture of my energy by the end of the week, but even then…I love what I do.
Here are a few things that I love about my job:
- I love walking into work every (well let’s be real…”mostly every“) morning and spending the first 25 minutes of my day with my advisory students. Particularly I love using the “Connection Protocol” with them.
- I love that even on the crappiest days I can list about three good things that have happened. The good things are usually remarks, shenanigans, and at times the brilliance of my students.
- Call me crazy, but I do love my sixth graders. They’re constantly on an emotional roller coaster, but I think that’s what makes them well…middle schoolers.
- Teamwork/Collaboration: We’re a small school AND a new school, so I’m sure that’s a factor. There’s so much to do and so few of us. Regardless, I love the people that I work with because each day I see how hard everyone is working together….and it shows in the consistency of how we teach, speak, and manage our students.
- Our math department rocks! Our math department consists of four teachers + our math coach. Call me biased, but I love the work that we’re doing and the things we are choosing to focus on. More about that in my next post :D!
- It’s hard, but I love that I co-teach all three of my math sections.
Exploring the MathBlogsphere
These next few days I’ll be exploring the mathtwitterblogosphere, which I was introduced to by none other than Sam Shah after attending a new-teacher-boot camp/PD (led by @pispeak) with him over the summer.
One of my goals this year (besides eating on time and sleeping at a decent hour) is improving my questioning skills in the classroom so that I can give one or two concise questions that my students will explore with the overarching goal of creating a student-centric classroom.
Ambitious much? Hell freakin’ yes!
Clearly I have much to learn and I can’t wait to explore what is out there!