There’s a math teacher who changed my child’s life back in sixth grade. He genuinely cares about his students, so much so that he stays after school each day to offer free tutoring to each and every child willing to stay after class. My son was one of those students six years ago. And to this day, my senior in high school says this teacher, Mr. Mike Landers, is the teacher who has made the biggest difference in his life.We asked him the following questions about why he chose this profession and what it means to him … Desiree Miller
Where and how long have you been teaching math?
After serving in the US Navy, I taught 7 years in Tennessee prior to moving to Metro Atlanta. I have taught from here since moving to Georgia in 1986.
Math has always been a love of mine and I have enjoyed sharing math with my students.
How do you make math fun in the class?
Through humor and having a good laugh, students tend to relax and focus more to the task at hand. Sometimes I just need to tell a good non-related real life experience I have had in my life. My students like to see that I am human, too.
Any special moments to realize that you were in the right place?
Those ‘aha’ moments when the light of understanding occurs and I see that smile on my student’s face or that gesture of ‘I got it!’
Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why?
My 11th grade English teacher, Mrs. Crowley. She saw in me educationally more than I saw within myself. She believed in me!
What are your tips and tricks for learning formulas?
Actually, I’m still from the old school of thought. I do believe that memorization is still needed in today’s classrooms. Using fun techniques encourages students to learn material in exciting ways.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done in class?
Pushing a rolling overhead projector table – like a skateboard – around the room drilling students with multiplication facts, drawing the students to laughter and learning at the same time.
What do you do to relax?
I hit the gym for cardio and basic circuit weights almost every afternoon. As an avid Tennessee Volunteer fan (and graduate), I attend all the home football games and there’s nothing better than watching our Lady Vols basketball team play too!