This week's TEACHER of the week (only the third time it's ever happened!) is the wonderful Ms. Sidhu!!
I remember the first time I met Ms. Sidhu. She came into my room and introduced herself. We chatted for a while about workbooks, classes we would be teaching, etc. When she left I thought to myself: "She seems nice. Very polite. I'm sure we will get along fine".
FINE!!?! "Fine" does not describe the way that Ms Sidhu and I ended up getting along. We have ended up becoming like two peas in a pod. Birds of a feather. Two sides of the same coin. Pick your cliche, but they all apply. It is truly incredible how similar Ms Sidhu's and my own beliefs are about... practically everything! Methods of instruction. Styles of assessment. Amount of homework assigned. Types of students we love teaching most. It all matches up!
For this reason, working with Ms Sidhu has been a DREAM! I have done more - and better - collaboration with her than any other teacher in my 20-year career. It's so fun to work with someone when you have similar senses of humour, intensity levels (Ms Sidhu is laid back like me), and goals.
Ms Sidhu is an amazing teacher. She has been asked to teach some really challenging courses that she does not have much background in: Info Tech, Programming, etc. Yet, in these (and ALL) her classes Ms Sidhu is always calm, supportive, organized, and in-charge. I love the tone that exists in all of Ms Sidhu's class. All the students seem happy, relaxed, and appreciated. And they all seem to appreciate her as well (as they should).
I know that many of you are very sad to see Ms Sidhu leave KG and I feel exactly the same way. She is a great teacher (as I already said) but she is an even better person. She is fair, thoughtful, funny, interesting, and self-assured.
Thanks, Ms Sidhu, for everything you have done for our school and everything you have done to make my job easier and more fun. You are a special person and I hate to see you go. However, I know this is a good move for you career-wise (Ms Sidhu wants to teach Chemistry) and I know that we will remain good friends. I love ya, Mandeep!
This week's Student of the Week is Colin H (I never realized how tall he was until I saw this photo)!
I only taught Colin one time (Calculus 12 this year) but that was more than enough for me to realize what a great student - and person - he is. Colin would always come early to class (pretty unique seeing as almost half the class would regularly come LATE to class) and when he did he would always welcome me warmly with a "good morning". Plus, every time I helped Colin with his Math, he would thank me sincerely. Who wouldn't like a guy like that! Friendly, polite, AND appreciative! Amazing combo!
Other stuff about Colin:
A team led by mathematician Thomas Hales has delivered a formal proof of the Kepler Conjecture, which is the definitive resolution of a problem that had gone unsolved for more than 300 years. The paper is now available online through Forum of Mathematics, Pi, an open access journal published by Cambridge University Press. This paper not only settles a centuries-old mathematical problem, but is also a major advance in computer verification of complex mathematical proofs.
The Kepler Conjecture was a famous problem in discrete geometry, which asked for the most efficient way to cram spheres into a given space. The answer, while not difficult to guess (it's exactly how oranges are stacked in a supermarket), had been remarkably difficult to prove. Hales and Ferguson originally announced a proof in 1998, but the solution was so long and complicated that a team of a dozen referees spent years working on checking it before giving up.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-06-mathematicians-formal-proof-kepler-conjecture.html#jCp
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