Here comes the new year and the new semester. My calendar is just starting to fill up, and I'm enthusiastic!
This semester I am in the classroom teaching Calculus II (integral calculus and infinite series) at a local community college. Integration was undoubtedly the hardest part of calculus to me when I was going through my calculus series in college. So I LOVE that I get to teach it now. The part-time teacher I had for this course, oh so long ago, taught me a LOT about what I do NOT and will not do to the students in my classroom. But besides that integration can still be very challenging even for me, even after all this time, and that's just good for my mind.
It's also good for my students when I teach something that I found particularly hard to grasp. In other words, I get it. I get where you're coming from. I get your hitches and hang-ups. I get it. I've been there and as much as I can I AM there with you now. I feel the same way about trigonometry and statistics -- glad for what I have mastered now, and actually just as glad for the problems I had then. It makes me a better teacher -- one-on-one and in the classroom.
I have the very good fortune to be working with a student on high school physics, too. Boy, do I ever have a lot to remember there! And I think it's fun -- we are both helping each other -- it feels like a real collaboration. And, like I said, it's good for my mind.
I hope my students once and while feel like all this learning and struggling to learn is good for their minds, too. Because it is! I am confident about that.
Best of luck in the new semester, All.