I've been teaching mathematics for 20+ years. I currently teach Algebra 2 and Calculus, but I have taught Algebra I, Geometry, Math Analysis and Trigonometry (PreCalc) throughout my career.
I try to incorporate practices supported by cognitive science, specifically cognitive load theory. Most of my activities are designed to promote student engagement during guided instruction. I believe that guided instruction is often misunderstood and characterized as purely lecture. Actively engaging students in concept attainment throughout each lesson is my goal. An article of personal interest is Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching. Evidence in support of guided instruction is explained in the context of human cognitive architecture, expertâ€“novice differences, and cognitive load.
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B.S. Classical Applied Mathematics, 7-12 Certification in Mathematics, MEd w/ 30 additional hours, Adjunct Certification in Mathematics.
I have two children and one grandchild. Prior to teaching, I worked as a research assistant on a project designed to familiarize high school mathematics teachers with applications of mathematics. I worked briefly as a mathematics instruction specialist until I decided to go back to the classroom. I enjoyed working with teachers emensely but really missed working with students on a daily basis. I've participated in a wide variety of PD throughout my career, but I cannot say enough in support of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model. Our district's PLCs engage in content rich lesson development throughout the year. I love working with colleagues to develop lessons and identify best practices.