Teachers do what no amount of technology can--we instill confidence and get our students to believe in themselves.
An English teacher friend sent me this:
"The teacher I learned from the most and who had been the most helpful in my life was Mrs. POd...a retired math teacher".She said I was her number one believer and the 9th period class made her day. (that class was the worst class I ever taught. Even the principal agreed many of the kids were incorrigible.) She wrote that she went from 65's to 90's because I believed in her. Today she wants to be a CPA and believes she can because of me!!!!
I had no smart board and no I-pad, just chalk, talk and lots of TLC. I miss the kids from that crazy year. It would have been nice to stick around and watch them mature and graduate but conditions made it impossible to stay. Still, I am happy and proud to have provided the foundation for success.
(It was a beautiful day not to work. I spent it walking Jones Beach Boardwalk. Pictures here, on facebook.