When I got to class today, I went and checked in with the student that I support and felt relieved he wasn't seeking too much help because I felt like I needed a support team to come in and help me understand! Jeesh. I am such a nerdy overachiever type, I really can't stand feeling entirely lost, but it's not like I can raise my hand and ask a question. That would just make me look unprepared and if I let on that I really had no clue what was going on I feel like I would lose my professional smart teacher credibility with my student. Thank goodness I also see him for Algebra and I kick Algebra's butt! That provides me a small feeling of redemption that prevents me from wanting to crawl under the desk and tear the Periodic Table to shreds.
It's pretty fortunate that this particular student who has to bear the burden of my Chemistry induced stupidity is very polite and pretty shy, so he would never draw attention to the fact that I am not actually helping him. Maybe he doesn't notice!?
I guess this is why I love teaching the little ones...the small kiddos that think I am super smart just because I can tie my own shoes, push the straws in Capri Suns without help, and read hard books like Junie B. Jones. In their world I am a super smarty pants and I like that. Any student that will never ask me to explain redox equations gets a gold sticker!
What was your hardest subject in school?
If you don't know the answer to a question that a student asks, do you own up to it or fake your way through to save face?