Why Don't You Teach Reading?
Several clients who love our math programs have asked me, "Why Don't You Teach Reading?" From a strictly business perspective I should start reading classes for clients that want them.
Here's the problem, I'm not passionate about helping kids excel at reading. I don't spend my free time thinking about reading or why kids struggle with it or how I could help them be better readers. I'm also not up to speed on the latest research on teaching kids to read and I don't know how to identify teachers who are passionate about it either.
The Power of the Passionate Teacher
The difficulty in finding passionate teachers to help students become better readers is something I went through with my son.
My oldest son, Jaden, has always been a good reader, but he would only read non-fiction books. His second, third, and fourth grade teachers all tried to encourage him to read fiction. They pointed him to books that were popular and books they thought he might like. He would read the books, but he didn't love the experience. These were all nurturing, caring teachers, but somehow they couldn't get him excited about reading fiction.
In fifth grade, his teacher had a true passion for books. She had read voraciously and was well versed in age-appropriate books. She discovered that Jaden liked puzzles and intrigue, so she suggested he read The Mysterious Benedict Society. He LOVED it. He couldn't put it down and would choose to read that book over watching TV or playing video games.
One passionate teacher turned Jaden on to reading in a way that no one had been able to do before. Now, he actively seeks out books to read and loves going to the library. He's discovered the joy of reading thanks to one teacher.
Teachers Passionate about Math
At Math Plus Academy, we only hire teachers that love math and who want to pass that love along to their students. Then we invite those teachers to participate in "Teacher Math Circles" so they can experience deep mathematics that they can use in the classroom. We know that a passionate teacher, can have a lifelong impact on a child in the same way that my son loves to read because of just one teacher.
In addition to hiring passionate math teachers, we spend our days creating, researching, and testing math puzzles, games, and activities. We are constantly implementing and testing things that we think kids will find engaging and fun. We keep up on the latest research on math teaching strategies and we attend conferences to learn even more.
We do all this because we are passionate about helping students discover the joy and beauty of mathematics. Since we choose to spend so much time, energy and resources on improving students' math skills, we are not able to teach reading classes.
Do you know an elementary or middle school teacher that loves math? If so, let them know that we are hiring teachers to work part-time at both of our locations. Have them email their resume and references to info at mathplusacademy dot com