President’s Message –
What a great conference we had in
December! The sessions were so good and
the opportunity to connect with other mathematics educators is always
I saw many of our “I Teach Math . .
. What’s Your Superpower?” shirts at the
conference and this got me thinking about superheroes and how their powers
really stack up against those of teachers.
Being a bit of a nerd (I’m sure you are not surprised!), I did some
research on the power of some superheroes.
Some of these I’d never heard of before!
– Wolverine, a fictional character
appearing in Marvel comic books, has the power of healing. Not a bad superpower but certainly not that
unique. Teachers also have the power of
healing. As you know well, often
teachers are the ones who heal the hurt our children bring to school each
day. Teachers fill the empty spaces in
students’ hearts—a powerful form of healing.
With innovative teaching strategies and determination, math teachers
heal the “I just can’t do math” virus that has infected our children.
2. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman, a fictional
superhero and warrior princess of the Amazonian people, possesses many
superpowers including the ability to speak any language at any time. Again, not a bad thing to be able to do but
teachers also have this amazing power.
Teachers have the ability to speak and understand “Kid” and “Teenager”
language. We have the ability to
translate complex concepts into words our children can understand. Pretty impressive!
– Professor Charles Francis Xavier
is a fictional character in Marvel Comics who can read and control the minds of
others. Teachers do that! We have the ability to know when children
need to use the restroom, when their excuses for not having assignments
complete are legitimate, and when their actions really have little to do with
us and more to do with what’s going on in their lives. We have the ability to change their mindset
that recognizes with effort they can succeed in math.
4. Incredible Hulk
– A character in Marvel Comics,
the Incredible Hulk has incredible strength which grows as he becomes
angry. Again, isn’t this a power
collectively teachers have? As decisions
not in the best interest of our students are made, our collective strength can
certainly bring about change.
you, I’ve met many superhero teachers who are daily filling the role of hero
for their students and for other teachers.
Being a hero every day is hard work but I know we’re up for the task! Really, who needs the power of invisibility
when you have the power to make a difference each day?
University of Central Missouri