It Is My Destiny!! To teach “little biddies” how to ADD FRACTIONS!!!
Today is Monday. This coming Wednesday … at 9:30 AM … I meet with 4 fifth graders to “teach” them how to add fractions!!! Seriously. I remember … sometime in the past … I think in one of my essays … I indicated that I wanted to volunteer some help in an elementary classroom … BUT, I did not want to teach “How to add fractions.” And, here I am: Thrilled with the task of working on fractions with four 5th graders … from 9:30 to 10:00 on Wednesday and 4 different fifth graders … again, fractions … from 10:00 to 10:30 AM, also on Wednesday!!!
Just picture all my “fate” lines coming together at one point … the point being my working with students teaching them how to add fractions … obviously, there was no other possible endpoint!!!
Go back to about September or October of 2018 … just this past year. Pete and I were comfortably situated in this assisted living complex. With the help that was being given to Pete, I thought that I could do some volunteer work … just one afternoon a week. It took some time, but I finally obtained a list of some “close-by” elementary schools. I set up a schedule to visit a couple elementary schools … wrote the Denver School System … just in case … and arranged for a visit to one school … Craig went with me … OK … but the office person in charge looked at me and said, “I suppose you could help in the library.” I think I indicated I wanted to help with their math … she wrote something down, and Craig and I left. That had to be middle of October because by the end of October, I had fallen and broken my knee-cap. It was two days after Christmas when I was finally allowed to take my brace off!! There was certainly not going to be any tutoring that Fall semester!!!
I was ten weeks with my knee brace … and after that, I was very weak. The Physical Therapy helped a lot, but I was so off-balance. Amy, our PR person, had started a program with 5th graders at Rose Stein Elementary School. I think I mentioned to Amy about helping with some little ones … maybe helping little ones with “adding fractions” … I know there are students at any age level who can use help with fractions!!! I had been thinking about students in grade 3 … Amy asked about using some of her fifth graders … any students and teachers if I can help. Amy arranged a meeting between me and two of the 5th grade teachers for this past Friday afternoon. The teachers came with their sheets of problems … adding fractions in the context of area and perimeter. I beamed … that was perfect … they had specific problems to work — problems without answers for the students … and a key for me!!! It looks like the fractions within any one problem have “related” denominators … and that the answers involve changing from “improper” fractions to “mixed” numbers. (How’s that for pulling up vocabulary!!!)
So … this coming Wednesday, I begin my tutoring. My “fate” lines converged!!! I know it was Amy who put it together … and I am so appreciative. I obviously have the time … I will greet the students with my cane in hand … I am so afraid of falling again!!! The teachers did not seem to mind that here was this “old” woman with a cane who was going to work with their students.
I am so fortunate … of course, I miss Pete … and teaching adding fractions is a poor substitute … but it gives me a connection to my past … and to my future. It is “my destiny!!!”