Hello, World. ¬†I was recently asked where I’ve been lately (thanks, Jason!), so I thought I should stop by with an update.
Let’s see. ¬†Just over four months ago, I gave birth to my second little girl. ¬†Before that, I was pregnant, believe it or not. ¬†Tired a lot, sick a lot, and at the very end, hospitalized for a week due to pre-eclampsia. ¬†Not the most fun thing ever, but I got a decent prize at the end (really, she’s awesome – I thought the first one was easy, but Girl 2 makes Girl 1 look like a lot of work).
While I was on maternity leave, my husband and I reached a decision: After this school year is over, I will be doing the stay-at-home mom thing. ¬†I still love mathematics and mathematics education, and I plan to tutor if I can; a couple of people have already expressed interest in that. ¬†I also still hope to earn a Ph.D (still waiting on the university to approve the program I’m hoping to do). ¬†And I’m working with my master’s advisor on a book on using history in the teaching of mathematics. ¬†But I will not be in the classroom any longer. ¬†I’ll be at home with my girls.
I am really excited about being able to stay home with them. ¬†I’m a little terrified, but very excited. ¬†I look forward to spending time teaching them academic things – Girl 1 is three years old and eager to learn EVERYTHING. ¬†It’s so much fun, and I can’t wait to do more of that. ¬†(I’ve taught her the word “sinusoidal,” and she can point out curves that are sinusoidal. ¬†Don’t you just feel sorry for my poor children? ¬†And they’re going to be stuck with me all the time.) ¬†I look forward to teaching them to be generous and to give of themselves as we work together with ministries that are important to our family. ¬†I look forward to seeing Girl 2 do lots of firsts over the coming year or so. ¬†I look forward to being able to go and visit out-of-town family without having to worry about sub plans.
Anyway, so I fell behind on blogging, and I usually find Twitter to be overwhelming to catch up on. ¬†But I’m doing well, intent on finishing this year strongly. ¬†I’ve done some good things with my students and some things that had much room for improvement. ;) ¬†I’ve continued to use SBG, even through maternity leave subs (two different people filled in for me…well, actually three, but that’s a long story). ¬†That was interesting, and hearing from the students upon my return, I think one of the subs didn’t quite get it after all. ¬†But it’s hard to step into someone else’s classroom and system in general, and I do think she did a good job teaching the students, so it’s okay.
I feel like I’m rambling, so I’m going to wrap this up. ¬†I don’t know if I’ll be posting here again, maybe if I return to teaching or have other contributions to mathematics education to share. ¬†But I do get email notifications when someone replies to a post here, so feel free to do that if you’d like to get in touch with me. :)