Gerald talked about teaching students creative thinking skills in math. He said that this is his moral purpose as a teacher. I love this idea. The only problem I have is that my students are so low that basic math facts are not easily recalled. I love hands on equations because it has word problems that go along with basic equation solving. This has really helped my students to be able to try some simple problems whereas before they wouldn't even try them. I definitely think that once basic math facts are more readily recalled students should be pushed to try new problems. They need to learn to be creative and that not everything is done the same way.
Andrea talked about her moral purpose to help all students be included in the classroom. I think this is so important. As a teacher it is so hard to meet every student where they are at and you could easily not. You really have to have a high moral purpose in helping all students to go the extra mile for each student. I think this fits with my moral purpose as well, especially in terms of after school. I do so much because I know students wouldn't get to experience some activities if I did not do them. These activities really help students grow and I am happy that I can spend the time helping them. It also gives me another way to get to know students on a different level and I get their buy-in in the classroom. I also believe this relates to my post in that I haven't always made time for myself. I am getting burnt out, and that has made me realize that I need to set time limits and make sure I follow them.
My mentor and I have met 3 times. 2 times we met and worked together on creating a google doc for the weekly bulletin, set filters for her emails, created folders for staff lesson plan submission, and fixed the site calendar for this year and created a proposed calendar for next year (this was not on the list for help topics but she requested my help). So far all is going well and my mentor has really thanked me for helping her. She is not very tech savvy and likes learning new things to help her do her job more smoothly. 1 of the times we met was just to recap and for her to give me feedback. I have created videos and handouts to help my mentee learn when I am not around. She has requested that I continue to do this, as it is really helpful. I will also be making a video for our staff on how to submit lesson plans to the folder. I would do this in person but I will be missing next Friday and hate to wait any longer to show staff how to do this.