I currently teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry to 7th and 8th graders in the Northern suburbs of Chicago. I have been teaching since 2004, and I have noticed that many of the units I'm looking for aren't already bundled in a nice package...so I made them myself! To help YOU, my fellow teachers, find the "bundles" I've been looking for! I have put much time into creating my supplemental materials and units. Through sharing and observation of my self-created lessons, colleagues have suggested that I find a way to share the materials I have created. I hope you find my materials helpful! PLEASE email me at: email@example.com if you have questions! If you have suggestions for my materials, please let me know. If I agree, I'll fix it and send you back an updated version.
I follow them middle-school philosophy and team teach on a block schedule that loops (I teach the same 8th graders that I taught in 7th grade). That means that most of my lessons are geared towards a 70/90 minute block of time, while my classes meet 3 or 4 times a week. The lessons can be adjusted to fit whatever schedule you have, though. As teachers, I think we learn time management and adjusting to the speed of our classes right away! Also, I use the McDougall-Littell Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry series. So, many of the lessons will correspond with the chapters from those books. While my lessons may follow the order of presentation from the McDougall-Littell series, I aim to make each lesson/activity thorough enough to stand on its own. Sometimes I'll ignore the book completely, and present the material in a way that I think the students will "experience" more of the math, making connections and discoveries on their own, and therefore remember it.
I have been part of a school that has won major awards in my time there. We have won the AIMS Demonstration School of Distinction (Local Affiliation of NMSA), National Blue Ribbon Award, and the Horizon School to Watch Award in the past 6 years. Personally I have been awarded three grants and the team I work on won a Teams that Excel award from the Illinois State Board of Education. I have presented at two conferences and my school was asked to host an AIMS conference due to receiving the School of Distinction status. Currently I am working on my National Board Certification.
I completed high school in the Northern suburbs of Chicago. I then headed out to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed an undergraduate degree in Cinematography. This degree has helped me in the are of technology, which I include in my lessons as often as I can. However, it is more of a hobby now. Then I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching degree at National-Louis University at the Evanston, Wheeling, and Chicago campuses. In the last semester of my Master's program, I concurrently taught algebra at National-Louis' demonstration school. Then I entered the public school system where I teach pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry curricula. Sometimes spend the summers teaching remedial math to middle school students. I have also started teaching graduate Middle Level Education courses at National-Louis University that focus on adolescent development and curriculum development.
Right now, I am focusing on implementing the disciplines of Love and Logic in my classroom. I have attended workshops and read the books, and my advice to anyone (new teacher or old) who hasn't read up on this philosophy yet, do so! Of course, mold it to your own management style, but its definitely worth your time! Oh, and feel free to contact me with any questions you have about any of my products before buying them. You can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. **** Earlier this year, right before school started, my hard drive crashed and was unrecoverable. THANK YOU PAUL for this website--I have archived a bunch of my files on your site and couldn't be happier I signed up!! ****