Once I did decided I wanted to be a teacher and found my passion in education I started thinking about what type of teacher I wanted to be and what I wanted to value in my classroom. Since I want to be a math teacher I knew that math absolutely had to be the highest priority in my class. Every teacher wants to change the lives of their students, they wants to make a difference. I knew, and still know, that I want to make a difference in my students lives through the math I teach. I want to make math approachable and realistic to my students. Everyone has heard (or maybe even been the one to say) "when will I use this?" in a math class. My goal as a teacher is to show my students how the math they are learning is important and that there is a reason why we are learning this. I want my students to see through projects and activities there is more to math that just numbers on a lined sheet of paper, or solving for some unknown, that math is about problem solving and reasoning.
In my classroom I want to use activities like "101 Questions" by Dan Meyer or "Would You Rather Math" to engage my students. I don't want them to just give me an answer I want them to tell me how they got there and why they believe that is the right answer. I want my students to learn how to problem solve and collaborate. I want them to learn how to explain their thinking, and what to do if they are struggling with a problem. If my students do a problem incorrectly I want them to be able to go back to what they know and try the problem again a different way. Life is so much more complex than simply solving problems from a textbook and therefore my classroom will be more complex than solving problems from a textbook.