As the accelerated algebra 1 summer course I am teaching winds down, I now have a little more time to post on my blog. Following the recent post about a student’s howdy, and congratulatory, note, I now post a thoughtful note from another AP Calculus student. She heads off to college this fall at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). During the past school year, I believe she struggled with my teaching methods, and the course content. However, she persevered, determined to succeed. And succeed she did. Moreover, she learned that for many of us, for much of the time, intense struggle precedes great gains, or as we’ve heard time and time again, “no pain, no gain.” This student will accomplish great things in life, of that I am sure. I am proud of my tiniest contribution to her life’s trajectory. It helps to balance the enormous effort I put into my teaching.
Here is her thank you note, for which I am most appreciative.
Mr. Math Teacher,
Thank you for a wonderful year of calculus. This class taught me the true meaning of the saying that what you put in is what you get out. Because of your class, I know how hard I must work to succeed in the future. Thank you for holding our class to such high standards. I think you have prepared me for what comes next in my pursuit as an engineer at RPI. I will have to work very hard and thanks to your class, I have inherited skills and knowledge that will help me in the future. You are an awesome teacher who really cares about the success of your students.
A former student