Mr. Calungsod, Pre-Calculus/Statistics
I am Mr. Calungsod, a Bedford Academy High School math teacher currently assigned to teach PreCalculus, AP Statistics and Robotics. In my spare time, I am also doubling as the school’s data specialist. I came from the beautiful archipelago Philippines, where I finished BS Mathematics and Masters in Teaching Mathematics, taught there for 11 years and decided to come over this side of the world eight years ago.
An Eighth grader once asked me, “Why do you love teaching math?” I choked and took me a while to gather my thoughts. As I reflected on the long hours spent learning the tools of the trade plus some more years enhancing my craft in trying to be efficient and effective, I realized my teaching is still a work in progress – and it will always be! Then I answered the girl, “Because I want to make a difference.” She rolled her eyes and turned to me, “You’re lying.”
As an educator, my job is not only to make sure that the students understand the concept but also to inspire them to take the thought and make something out of it – apply it in the real world. As a math teacher, my first responsibility is to ease the student’s mathematical burdens and lighten the baggage they are carrying for so long because I believe that a container should be empty before it can be filled!
In the minds of the countless number of students that I had the opportunity of sharing information, the dedication and drive to impart the knowledge might be superficial and all about the business of teaching but for the plain old-school Mr. Calungsod – it’s personal! I eat, and sleep, and breathe, and live mathematics.
Mr. Bertrand Russell poignantly wrote:
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry” (Russell, Bertrand (1919). "The Study of Mathematics". Mysticism and Logic: And Other Essays. Longman. p. 60)
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