Born to be a Teacher

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Some people are born to teach. They have that special “something,” an ability to connect with their students and transfer knowledge to their brains with ease. Ruth Belen Maldonado Minor is one of those people. She has taken our Math Club by storm.

Ruth is certified to teach the Cuisennaire Method, the method we are currently using to make math fun and engaging. As we have written before, math is a very big problem for a big majority of our students. When each of your government-school classrooms has over 40-plus students, its is almost impossible for one teacher to teach everyone equally and for a student to become proficient at anything, much less math. To attack this problem, we decided to create what we call the Volcanes Math Club (the word “club” is key here). Obviously, the Cuisennaire Method is a method we believe will keep our students engaged. However, no matter the method, the most important element in any classroom is the teacher. As the quote above states, as teachers we have “the power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.” The teacher can be “a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.”

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” – Haim Ginott

Ruth has become an instrument of inspiration for our Math Club students. Without exaggeration, Ruth is a teaching prodigy. She is one of the few people we know who LOVES math and numbers and can explain them both in understandable terms. She is currently studying for a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and English Literature from UNAM – Universidad Autonoma de Mexico – one of the oldest and biggest universities in Mexico. She takes all her classes online.

Last year, her and a group of her friends were chosen to participate in a robotics contest at the Maker Faire in Guadalajara. This year she has been chosen to participate in Concurso Internacional de Ciencas in Monterrey, Mexico in the biology/chemistry field. She is a very intellectual young lady whose knowledge is not limited to one subject. She loves reading and writing and has begun writing her first book. All these accomplishments are impressive considering she is 19 years old.

We are very excited about our math teacher and our Math Club. We are confident Ruth will help these students better their grades in school and, more importantly, learn to love math. Thank you for a great job done Miss Ruth.


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