This is my 79th blog post. I want it to be something spectacular and extraordinary. You see, 79 is by far, my favorite number, and no, it isn’t because I was born or graduated in the year 1979. It is because I am a teacher, a man, and I am 79 years old. When I tell my students that I am 79 years old, a good portion of them actually believe me. They are like, “WoW, you are older than my Grandpa!” I tell them I love being 79 because it is a prime number and I love the PRIME Numbers. I say to them, “In fact, if I were any kind of a number you know what kind of a number I would be?”… and they all respond, “PRIME”. This is when I throw them a curve ball and say, “nope, IMAGINARY“. Sometimes I will actually begin teaching my 12, 13, and 14 year old students about the set of imaginary numbers and although a few of the more mathematically gifted students in my classrooms vaguely grasp the concept, it usually goes over most of their heads.
This blog post makes me wonder why I continue to blog and I guess this guy said it best when he said to blog for yourself…reflecting about how and why you teach will only make you a better teacher. And I very badly want to be a better teacher…which is better than being a mailman.