Featured Teacher:
Glenn Rogers

January 8th, 2019

 

Glenn Rogers

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Glenn Rogers, a dedicated math teacher at CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School in Connecticut. His passion for teaching started in 10th grade when he helped his classmates with a math problem. He believes math isn’t about finding the right answer, and strives to help his students realize they can solve problems in many different ways. Keep reading to find out how Glenn avoids burnout and the moment he considers most memorable in his teaching career.


 

How many years have you been teaching?
6

What subjects have you taught?
High School and Middle School Mathematics

What grades have you taught?
7th and 9th – 12th Grade

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Go on outings with my family. Take long walks with my dog, Loki. Read some of my favorite comic books. Re-watch all of my favorite Superhero films. Play complex board games with friends.

How do you avoid burnout?
Take personal time out of each day for myself to play a favorite game, read one of my son’s favorite books to him, or watch a funny episode of a show on Netflix.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Watching students grow on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. To see a student change their mindset to achieve their learning and life goals is remarkable. To be a part of that journey is amazing.

Why did you start teaching?
It began when I showed an example of a problem to my classmates in 10th grade. The experience showed me how much I enjoyed helping other people to comprehend mathematics. It was the starting point of my passion for teaching.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Not every lesson is going to go according to your plan. Take note of your accomplishments, watch for the moments of uncertainty, and reflect and recover when mistakes are made.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Walking On a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

What is your favorite book on education?
Visible Learning For Mathematics by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Observe other teachers in your building to gain multiple learning experiences. Don’t be ashamed to ask questions, get help and advice from the people around you. Get to know your students as much as possible; building relationships with students can improve classroom behavior and rapport.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
An actuary

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
On my birthday last year, when I returned to my classroom after walking students back up from lunch my students surprised me with a loud “Happy Birthday” song and a few gifts and cards. I was very surprised and thankful.

What is your favorite quote?
“You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter just the same.” – James Gordon (Batman)

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
To observe more teachers during the day to gain more examples of teaching styles and methods.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Admin Tab – I really enjoy making new items/questions that I can use on daily and weekly assessments

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Mathematics is not always about finding the right answer. It is about seeing how you can solve a problem in different and unique ways.

What is your dream vacation?
Travel to a country that has a mix of history, recreation and relaxation.

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