This was the last week of our school ping-pong season (well done Jacob, Dennis, Andrew, Jorge, and Saleh!!). Someone sent me this article and I thought it was pretty cool. Not only a great ping-pong player, but also a most courageous and principled man...
Game theory is a branch of mathematics that involves the study of strategic decision making. Basically, it involves using math and logic to determine what is the BEST CHOICE / STRATEGY in various situations.
Check out how these university students "gamed" their final exam. Smart? Or sneaky?
I have had a very difficult week... one of the most difficult of my entire life. I am struggling through an unfortunate personal situation. So it is to be human... but it sure is painful in the moment. I saw this picture / quote today and it really struck a chord with me. Though the situation I currently find myself in is hard, I choose to believe that it will lead to better and better moments in my life. (but I'm still hoping that I get "launched" sooner rather than later)
Well, it feels good to have made it to another long weekend (three cheers for Family Day!!)
But this week ended a little sadly. As most of you know, several KG students were "removed from our school" this week. While I don't want to get into names or details, I just want to express the fact that - though it may be completely understandable / justified - I find it sad that these students are - all of a sudden!! - no longer in my class.
I guess what I am trying to say is the following: I think many of you believe that we teachers only like the "good students", the students who get A's, the well-behaved students. But - surprise! - we like all of you!! That why I - for one - got into teaching. Yeah, I DO love math but it's not math that brings me the great satisfaction I feel for my job. It's the students! And that includes all of you - the quiet ones, the loud ones, the serious ones, the immature ones, the angry ones, the sad ones... even the defiant ones.
You are all worthy of great respect and affection. I won't lie: some of you are more challenging to teach than others. But that doesn't mean I don't still think you are amazing and interesting and inspiring.
So though you may think I am happy or relieved that a few of my more challenging students have left my class today, this is not at all the case. I will miss them and I wish them all the best!
I am your teacher. Obey me.