I have been teaching since "the earth cooled". My husband is a teacher as well, and together we have over 75 years of teaching in the elementary, middle school, high school and college areas. My focus is mathematics while my husband's is science. We never want to do anything else because we love it! My teaching style is hands-on and energetic while using diverse teaching strategies. I try to teach ordinary things in extraordinary ways.
For the last five years I have taught at the college level working with "mathphobics" and elementary teachers to-be as well as with teachers who are in the Transition to Teaching program. I have taught Math Methods, Science Methods, Developmental Math, and Algebraic Concepts as well as supervising student teachers and being a peer coach. I just began teaching a new class called "Math Study Skills" which is a one hour course on how to study math. Students are always surprised that studying math is so different than studying for other subjects.
PUBLICATIONS McDowell, K., & Rauch, V. Teacher work samples: What are we really measuring? Accepted for publication in The Advocate (Fall 2005).
1997-2005 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. 95521. Workshops presented locally by Creative Mathematics. 8 hours of graduate work in teaching mathematics, grades K-8. 1983-94 Wichita, State University, Wichita, Kansas 67208. Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math and technology. Have ten additional graduate hours not counted towards the degree. 1969-71 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. 27 graduate hours 1964-67 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701. Graduated with honors, BSed. Major: Elementary Education Minor: Mathematics
RECENT PRESENTATIONS Rauch, V. (2011). Teacher Tips You Won't Forget. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS. (2 hour workshop for instructors) Rauch, V. (2011). Effective Strategies for Teaching Math. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS.(2 hour workshop for instructors) Rauch, V. (2010). Lesson Plans: Going From the Concrete to the Abstract. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS.(2 hour workshop) Rauch, V. (2008). Curriculum Instruction for Stem Academy Teachers. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS. (two day training session) Purkey, J. & Rauch, V. (2006). Math and Reading for All Seasons for Grades PreK-2. Newman University, Wichita, KS. (two day workshop for college credit) Purkey, J. & Rauch, V. (2006). Smorgasbord of Middle School Mathematics. Newman University, Wichita, KS. (two day workshop for college credit) McDowell, K., Rauch, V., & Wells, C. (2006). Threads of Literacy in the Content Areas: Applications of the Big Five. Kansas Reading Association State Conference, Topeka, KS. Purkey, J. & Rauch, V. (2005). Middle School Mathematics for Teachers of Grades 6-8. Newman University, Wichita, KS. (two day workshop for college credit) Purkey, J. & Rauch, V. (2005). Creating a Family Math Tool Kit. Workshop for teachers of grades K-5. Greenbush, KS. (one day workshop for college credit) Purkey, J. & Rauch, V. (2005). Reading, â€˜Riting and â€˜Rithmetic for the Preschool Child. Workshop for teachers of PreK-2. Kansas Association for Education of Young Children Conference, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. (2 hour workshop) Purkey, J. & Rauch, V. (2004). Kansas day activities. Workshop of engaging classroom math activities that meet the Kansas Mathematics Standards, Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics State Conference, Topeka, KS.
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