From both my screen name, Ms. Philosoraptor, and my blog name, normalcurvasaurus, you can probably surmise that I love dinosaurs (especially velociraptors), math and philosophy. That would be a slight understatement. I wanted my blog name to represent my love of these three things, including my love of teaching. Ever since I was little, I have wanted to become a teacher. We used to have a fisher price chalkboard in our basement where I would teach my little brother and sister how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. I also used to give them homework (which they would never complete!) because I liked to mark each question right or wrong to show them where they went wrong and what the right answer was. I hope my teaching skills have improved since then and I won’t be giving homework that can be so easily marked as right or wrong. I want my students to become thinkers, and actually THINK about the mathematics they are doing. I do not want them to just plug numbers into a formula and come up with some answer (which may or may not be realistic) and have no idea what that answer represents. This is where the ‘philosophy’ component of my blog comes into play. I took a few philosophy courses in University, I was even planning on minoring in philosophy until I realized there are very few schools that offer philosophy courses where I live (I think just one) and that would not give me an edge in the extremely competitive job market we have. However, while taking these courses, I realized how closely philosophy is related to mathematics and logical reasoning. Philosophy involves reasoning from what is known to deduce other facts or truths. This is what I want my students to be able to do.
(I may or may not have a light blue t-shirt with the above normalcurvisaurus image on it.)
So there you have it. That is where my blog name and screen name originate.
Now, why did I decide to blog?
I have been
stalking reading mathematics blogs for a while. I believe it first started with Math Teacher Mambo and grew from there. I then set up googlereader and now follow and read over 150 mathematics blogs (yes I just went and counted, does googlereader tell you this information somewhere??). I decided to blog to write about my own experiences with teaching, starting with student teaching this year and hopefully growing to ‘actual’ teaching next year when I get my teaching certificate and hopefully *fingers crossed* get a full time teaching position. I also wanted to join in all the fun that you guys seem to be having!