My name is Bowman Dickson and I am a math teacher who is constantly looking for ways to improve myself and improve my practice. I believe in optimism and enthusiasm above all else. I currently teach Calculus, and AP Calculus at King’s Academy, a co-ed 9-12 boarding school located right outside of Amman, Jordan. Whenever I say that, I always get asked the same questions, so I’ll save you the trouble…
Me: I teach at a boarding school in Jordan.
Questioner: Cool! How long is the program?
Oh it’s not a program, I work directly through the school, so I have an annual contract like anywhere else.
So you’re teaching English then?
No, I teach math actually.
Oh, at an American school then?
Nope, the students at the school are mostly Jordanian, and almost entirely Arab, but there are students from 24 different countries.
You’re teaching math in Arabic then?
I’m honored that you think I could do such a thing, but no, I’m teaching in English. Being able to operate in English is a requirement for getting into the school.